Wednesday 28 January 2015

Cause of death for man found seriously injured on roadside 'still unclear', inquest hears

Criminal proceedings underway, coroner told

Published 03/06/2014 | 15:02

Members of the gardai at the scene where Jay Saunders (inset) was found injured in Cabra. The victim died later of his injuries
Members of the gardai at the scene where Jay Saunders (inset) was found injured in Cabra on March 18. The victim died later of his injuries

The cause of death for a man who was found collapsed with serious injuries following a St Patrick’s Day party in Dublin is unclear, an inquest heard.

Jason Saunders (21) was found on the ground outside a shop on Fassaugh Avenue in Cabra after leaving a party at a nearby flat in the early morning of March 18 this year.

Mr Saunders, who also lived on Fassaugh Avenue, had injuries to his upper body and head and was still alive.

However, he was pronounced dead at the Mater Hospital shortly after arrival.

At the opening of the inquest into his death at Dublin Coroner’s Court, coroner Dr Brian Farrell told the family that there is “no clear cause of death at the moment”.

The post-mortem was carried out by state pathologist Professor Marie Cassidy at the Dublin city mortuary, the court heard.

Mr Saunders was identified at the Mater Hospital by his uncle Neil Saunders.

Detective Inspector Colm Murphy told the coroner that criminal proceedings relating to the circumstances of Mr Saunders’ death are under way with a person before the courts at the moment.

A file is being prepared for the director of public prosecutions and further charges may follow, he said.

Twenty-two year old Paul Brannigan, also of Fassaugh Avenue, currently faces charges of assault causing harm to Mr Saunders and producing a golf club as a weapon during the alleged attack. 

The inquest was adjourned without a date pending completion of the criminal proceedings.

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