EXCLUSIVE: A Co Donegal man has died after he stabbed three people in a violent spree in northern Germany and was then struck by a truck while fleeing across a motorway.
Donegal Daily understands the man is Enda McLaughlin, a 27 year old from Carndonagh.
McLaughlin, from Glentogher, recently appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court, when he was found not guilty of assaulting his ex-girlfriend.
He had a string of previous convictions.
McLaughlin had been in jail in Co Cork in recent weeks but had then moved to mainland Euope.
One of his victims in the stabbing spree, a taxi driver aged in his 50s, is in a serious condition in hospital.
McLaughlin hailed a cab in Holland and asked to be driven over the border to Germany, where he stabbed the taxi driver in the city of Aachen.
Shortly afterwards, he stabbed another man, before hailing a taxi and asking to be taken to Cologne.
The taxi driver managed to get the man to leave his taxi, which he did on a lay-by, where he stabbed a Lithuanian truck driver before running onto the motorway, where he was hit by a truck and killed.
Gardaí have confirmed they are liaising with German authorities after the death of an Irish national in Cologne.
However we have been told by local sources that Gardai informed McLaughlin’s relatives of his death earlier today.
His mother was killed in a tragic fire at her home.
Gardai have confirmed they were notified of the man’s death yesterday by Interpol but have not named the man officially.
The Department of Foreign Affairs are also offering assistance to the man’s family.