A FORMER boxer who had served a prison term for possession of ammunition has been found dead in his west Cork home.
Billy Isaac (45), an associate of some of Manchester and London's most feared gangsters, was discovered dead in his home outside Durrus yesterday morning.
It appeared he had locked himself out and was found with a broken neck after falling as he tried to climb through a window.
A full post-mortem examination will now be conducted at Cork University Hospital (CUH). However, gardai are not treating the death as suspicious.
Mr Isaac, who was 6ft 4in tall, is believed to have died as a result of an accident at the rented property.
Last month, he was handed a five-month jail term by Bantry District Court for encouraging his girlfriend to beat up a waitress whom he felt had "disrespected" him by not taking his food order immediately.
Judge James McNulty described the assault on the petite waitress, Lucie Kopecka (31), as a "shocking display of thuggery".
"I felt disrespected and said that a number of times to (my girlfriend). I went home in that frame of mind," Isaac said.
"I take full responsibility for what happened that night. I feel terrible about what happened."
Isaac was released on bail after he lodged an appeal against the prison sentence.
He had admitted the assault, issued a public apology and offered compensation to the waitress.
He had previously received a three-year prison term in Manchester in 2005 for possession of revolver ammunition.
In separate British trials over the past decade Isaac was acquitted of murder, blackmail and assault.
In 2010, he was also acquitted of threatening to kill an English businessman's wife and children if he did not hand over £2.5m (€3.5m).
Isaac relocated to west Cork, where he had family connections, in a bid to start a new life last year.
During his brief British professional boxing career, Isaac won two bouts. Despite being rated as a potential title contender, he retired shortly afterwards.