Irish police probe ‘dating app serial killer’ after two men found mutilated in their own homes

Detectives in Sligo, in Ireland’s west, suspect Aidan Moffitt, 42, and Michael Snee, 58, may have met their killer online

David Young
Thursday 14 April 2022 09:27
(Niall Carson/PA)
(Niall Carson/PA)

A man remains in custody in the west of Ireland as police investigate the murders of two men who detectives believe may have met their killer online.

Gardaí are conducting two separate murder inquiries after the violent deaths of Aidan Moffitt, 42, and Michael Snee, 58, in the town of Sligo on the country’s west coast.

Both men were found dead in their own homes this week with extensive injuries.

Aidan Moffitt and Michael Snee (Garda/PA)

Detectives are investigating a potential homophobic motive and have issued safety advice to people using dating apps.

The suspect, in his 20s, was arrested on suspicion of murder after the discovery of Mr Snee’s body in his apartment in Connaughton Road at around 10.30pm on Tuesday.

The man, who was detained in Sligo town at around 1.45am on Wednesday, remained in custody on Thursday. Detectives can question him for a total of 24 hours, excluding breaks.

Mr Moffitt’s body was discovered in his house in Cartron Heights at around 8.30pm on Monday.

Gardai remove the body of Michael Snee from his home in Sligo (Niall Carson/PA)

Gardaí are also investigating a third recent incident in the Sligo area as part of the murder investigations.

Speaking to the media on Wednesday, Garda Chief Superintendent Aidan Glacken said gardai were keeping an “open mind” about motivation.

“We are actively investigating as to whether there is any hate-related motive to these murders,” he said.

Irish Taoiseach Micheal Martin and other Government ministers have condemned the murders and LGBT Ireland, a support service for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, has expressed shock and concern.

Vigils for the two victims have been planned in Sligo and Dublin on Friday evening.

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