Family farewell to dad found in flat death probe
Published 11/06/2014 | 10:36
The Dublin dad who was found dead in a west-Dublin apartment with a bag over his head has been laid to rest after a funeral mass in his native Tallaght.
Father-of-one Ian Quinn (32) had been socialising with friends when he died under suspicious circumstances at the Annaly Grove apartments in Ongar on Saturday, May 31.
His body was discovered after neighbours heard screaming from the apartment and called gardai.
Two women aged in their 30s were arrested but later released without charge with a file being prepared by gardai for the Director of Public Prosecutions.
At Mr Quinn’s funeral mass in St Mary’s Priory Church in Tallaght yesterday, the small group of close family and friends were told by the priest that his death was sad and had come as a shock.
“Ian died long before his time,” he said.
Quinn had lived in multiple addresses over the past decade since he became addicted to drugs. He had some minor convictions but he was not guilty of any serious offences.
The two women arrested and released without charge were also known to gardai, sources said.
Originally from Donomore Avenue in Tallaght, Ian had been arrested in the week of his death.
One of the women arrested in relation to Ian’s death said she had feared for her life on the night he died.
Anne Marie Pezzillo (31) told a newspaper how she had put a plastic bag over his head, but didn’t intend to kill him.
Ms Pezzillo said there was a fight at the apartment between Quinn, herself and another woman. And although they tried to clean up the apartment, they all fell asleep after drinking heavily.
She claimed Quinn had got aggressive again later and she put a bag over his head after he allegedly physically assaulted her.
“I was saying: If he gets up, he’s going to kill us’,” Ms Pezzillo claimed.
She said that she and the other woman then fell asleep.
“When I woke up, I realised what I had done. I had been very, very drunk and I had taken tablets — zimos’. I just thought he was unconscious,” she said.
She said that the pair realised something was wrong when they touched his face and found he was cold.
The Dublin woman said that she had known Mr Quinn since they were teenagers.
“He was like a brother to me,” she said. “I feel guilty. I regret it, of course I do.”
Emergency services were called to the scene at 4am and Mr Quinn’s lifeless body was found at the apartment.
Ian Quinn was the father of a nine-year-old boy.
Before his coffin was taken from St Mary’s Priory in Tallaght to Mount Jerome cemetery mourners listened as the song Some Say Love being played from the altar.