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Sunday 20 April 2014

Arrest at Heathrow after fatal hit-and-run in Kerry

Paud  O'Leary, Gneeveguilla, Co. Kerry, who died following a hit and run incident while he was cycling at Scrahan Fada on the road between Gneeveguilla and Killarney on Sunday. Picture: Eamonn Keogh (MacMonagle, Killarney)
Paud O'Leary

A MAN in his 20s has been arrested in London in connection with a fatal hit and run almost two years ago that claimed the life of a father of four.

London Metropolitan Police arrested the Irish man at Heathrow Airport yesterday, following a request by gardai.

This is the first arrest that has ever been made in connection with the death of Paud O'Leary (42) from Leamyglissane, Gneeveguilla, Co Kerry, who died after being hit by a vehicle as he trained for a charity cycle at Scrahanfadda near his home on July 1, 2012.

His body was found by a family member who had gone out searching for him when he failed to return home.

A postmortem revealed he had died of injuries consistent with a road traffic accident.

Mr O'Leary's widow Margaret and other family members had made numerous appeals for the person responsible to come forward.

The vehicle gardai suspect to have been involved, a charcoal grey Toyota Landcruiser, was never recovered.

It was believed that a person gardai wished to speak to in connection with Mr O'Leary's death had left the country and was living abroad.

Mr O'Leary had been cycling at the time he was killed in training for the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle. He had intended completing the cycle for the Kerry All Stars, a charity that works with children and adults with Down Syndrome. One of his daughters has the condition.

His brother Sean completed the charity cycle, in his brother's memory, for the charity.

After the race he appealed for the driver of the vehicle to come forward.

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