Thursday 21 September 2017

Man to be charged with murder of farmer Paddy Lyons (90)

Garda forensics at the scene where the man’s body was found. Photo: Provision Inset: Paddy Lyons
Garda forensics at the scene where the man’s body was found. Photo: Provision Inset: Paddy Lyons

Tom Brady and Ralph Riegel

A man is expected to be charged with the murder of pensioner Paddy Lyons at his Co Waterford home later today.

The suspect, who is in his 20s, was arrested on Monday evening and late on Tuesday night gardaí were given directions to charge him in connection with the attack.

He is scheduled to appear before Dungarvan district court later this morning.

Mr Lyons was attacked with a blunt weapon and suffered injuries to his head and face, resulting in broken bones. He also sustained injuries to his arms in what appeared to have been an attempt to shield himself from further blows to his head.

Mr Lyons, a bachelor and an only child, lived alone in the rural townland of Loughreagh, Ballysaggart, 11km from Lismore, Co Waterford. Every Friday, he organised a lift with either a neighbour or a carer to Lismore to collect his pension. He was last seen on Friday evening, according to gardaí.

Officers believe that Mr Lyons had befriended several groups of people who lived outside the area but called regularly to visit him.

They suspect that a number of people may have visited the house later on Friday and were allowed in by Mr Lyons.

At some stage during the night, some of the visitors started an argument with Mr Lyons, who was then subjected to a sustained attack.

Earlier on Tuesday gardai searched a house in Clonmel, Co Tipperary.

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