Jiji Press LONDON (Jiji Press) — The victim of Wednesday’s fatal stabbing in northeastern Ireland has been confirmed as Yosuke Sasaki, 24, a Japanese national, local police said Thursday.
He was from Ebina, Kanagawa Prefecture, local media reported.
An official at the Japanese Embassy in Dublin confirmed that the murdered person is a Japanese national, but declined to identify the victim at the request of the bereaved family.
An 18-year-old man has been arrested for the fatal attack in Dundalk. The police are investigating his two mobile phones to understand his motive.
“At this time, we can find no established link to indicate that this tragedy is terrorist-related,” the police said in a statement, adding, “However, inquires are continuing internationally as the investigation develops.”
The police believe that the suspect, Mohammed Morei, conducted a random attack on his own. He assaulted two Irish men elsewhere in the city after stabbing Sasaki. The two locals were injured.
On Thursday, Morei appeared in court. He was charged with the murder of Sasaki, according to local media.
The local police initially said the suspect is an Egyptian. In court, however, investigative authorities said they have yet to confirm his nationality.
According to Irish public broadcaster RTE, Peter Kelly, chief executive officer of National Pen, said in a statement Thursday that the Japanese man started to work for the stationery company in August last year.Speech