First pictures of tragic Dublin mum Lisa Thompson as gardai hunt killer who stabbed her 12 times in Ballymun home


GardaiI are hunting a crazed killer who stabbed this tragic mum 12 times in her own home.

Mother-of-two Lisa Thompson, 51, was discovered dead in her home in Sandyhill Gardens, Ballymun at around 3.30pm on Tuesday.

Gardai were alerted to the scene after a local called Dublin Fire Brigade for an ambulance, it is understood. There, officers discovered the popular former youth worker dead in her home — with 12 serious stab wounds.

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Locals gathered at the scene on Tuesday evening, as garda forensic officers combed the area around the back of Ms Thompson’s home.

An exact motive for the killing had not been established last night — and gardai are now hunting for the person responsible.

Ms Thompson was described by devastated friends at the scene as a “lovely, genuine person who loved her kids”.

Neighbors were in shock that such a horrific crime would be committed not only in their area, but to such a normal, well-loved mother.

One pal told how Lisa used to be a Youth worker in the Ballymun Youth Resource center in the area — known as the RECO.

“I got to know her in the RECO a few years back. She was great with all the kids,” one heartbroken friend told this paper at the scene.

“She loved her kids and loved her life. She was just a genuine, really nice girl. I can’t understand it at all. She wasn’t out on the streets or anything like that.”

Officers at the scene in Ballymun

The friend told how the news of Lisa’s death came as a huge shock.

“I spoke to her on Facebook. It’s a huge shock. I came out and someone said a girl called Lisa has been badly hurt. The minute I heard a tall girl I thought Lisa Thompson. I couldn’t believe it.

“She loved her kids. love life I think she was a stay at home Mammy. I’m really in total shock. My jaw nearly hit the ground when I heard it.”

On Tuesday evening, the body of Ms Thompson remained at the scene as investigators continued to search the area. Gardai were also seen carrying out house-to-house enquiries in the area.

In a statement gardai said they were investigating all the circumstances of the death of a woman in her 50s at the address in Ballymun.

The scene in Ballymun
The scene in Ballymun

An Garda Siochana has described the death as “unexplained” in the official statement. It is understood gardai are now set to launch a full murder probe into Ms Thompson’s death.

An incident room is to be set up in Ballymun garda station as officers work to uncover what exactly led to the woman’s death.

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