Security and Crime Editor
Mother of two Lisa Thompson, who was stabbed to death in her north Dublin home, may have been dead for some time before her remains were discovered, gardai believe.
It is unclear exactly when Ms Thompson (51) was fatally attacked in her home at Sandyhill Gardens, Ballymun. The alarm was raised when a local person called for an ambulance and paramedics and gardai arrived to discover the remains at the property.
A postmortem examination was due to completed on Wednesday and was expected to find she died of stab wounds. Indications from the crime scene suggest Ms Thompson, a stay-at-home mother and former youth work, was stabbed at least 10 times. She was from Ballymun, went to school there and had lived there all her adult life.
Gardaí said all leads were being explored in the case and no arrests had been made by Wednesday morning. It was also not clear detectives investigating the case had nominated a chief suspect in the case.
Neighbours and those paying tribute to Ms Thompson online describing her as “lovely” and a “kind gentle woman”, who was quiet, adding they were shocked she had met such a violent death.
A number of locals described hearing sirens sometime at after 3pm on Tuesday as the emergency services arrived into the small estate,. adding that was the first time they realised what had happened. Many people passing by claimed crime was rising in the area, while others offered a more favourable view.
“My daughter’s friend lives around here on the road and they never had any trouble with it,” said Bernie Hayes, who passed the scene on her way to visit a friend.
The house at which the incident took place, a two-storey property at one end of a 10-home terrace, had blinds drawn in each window.
The victim’s children – a boy and girl of late national school and early secondary school age – were not at home when their mother’s remains were discovered on Tuesday afternoon. The house where Ms Thompson’s remains were found was sealed off immediately gardai arrive.
Chief State Pathologist Linda Mulligan carried out a preliminary examination of the remains at the scene before they were removed to the City Morgue, Whitehall, where the full postmortem was set to be completed on Wednesday.
The local authority terraced house where Ms Thompson lived and where she was violently murdered remained sealed off on Wednesday and was undergoing an examination by members of the Garda Technical Bureau.
Garda Headquarters said an incident room had been established, under a senior investigating officer, at Ballymun Garda station. A family liaison officer had also been appointed to offer assistance and information to Ms Thompson’s family.
Gardaí in Ballymun are appealing to anyone with information to come forward, adding they could contact the investigation team at the local station on (01) 666 4400 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.