The 22 year  old man  whose remains were found wrapped in carpet on farmland in Kilbride on Saturday may have been beaten to death with a hammer in an apartment, Gardaí believe

A number of searches were carried out yesterday in the Blanchardstown area by officers investigating the murder of Mahamud Ilyas, including the location where it is suspected the young man was fatally attacked on Friday.

A man in his 50s is still being questioned at Blanchardstown Garda Station after his arrest on Tuesday.

It is understood that he was known to Mr Ilyas, whose cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head, according to reports.

It has emerged that an apartment in the Verdemont area of the Dublin 15, is of particular interest in the murder investigation.

It is understood that the victim was beaten to death at this location before his body was dumped in a field at Belgree Lane, Kilbride, Co Meath.

Although Mahamud has no links to crime Gardai have not yet ruled out the theory that the murder was drugs related.

A Garda spokesman said, “A man in his 50s has been arrested by gardaí investigating the murder of Mahamud Ilyas,” a garda spokesman said this evening

“The man was arrested earlier today, Tuesday 13th December 2022, in the Dublin 15 area and is currently detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 at Blanchardstown Garda Station.

“A domestic residence, also in the Dublin 15 area, been declared a crime scene and sealed off for examination by the Garda Technical Bureau,” he added.

The investigation is being led by Ashbourne gardaí, who were alerted to the murder on Saturday afternoon after Mr Ilyas’ body was discovered by a dog walker who then alerted a local farmer.