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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Gardaí fear mother (23) assaulted before she died in squat

Amy McCarthy. Photo: Provision
Amy McCarthy. Photo: Provision
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

Gardaí fear a young mother found in a Cork squat may have been the victim of an assault in the hours before her death.

Mother-of-one Amy McCarthy (23) was found in a squat in derelict premises off Sheares Street in Cork city centre early on Sunday morning.

However, Cork gardaí have not upgraded their investigation to a murder probe despite receiving the results of a post-mortem examination conducted at Cork University Hospital (CUH) yesterday by Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster.

Gardaí are refusing to comment on the preliminary findings of the post-mortem examination for operational reasons.

Detectives will await the results of detailed toxicology tests conducted as part of the CUH examination.

Gardaí are now trying to determine how the young woman from Greenmount sustained visible injuries to her face, head and neck.

Read more: 'You had a beautiful heart' - Tributes paid to young mum found dead in Cork

Ms McCarthy, who was understood to have been battling severe addiction problems, had been homeless for a time in Cork.

Friends paid tributes to her on social media and laid flowers outside the derelict property.

"You had such a beautiful heart, Amy," one friend wrote. "It was a pleasure knowing you - [you were] a very outgoing and caring girl."

It is understood she entered the building sometime on Friday or Saturday with three other people after a security hoarding was torn down from a downstairs window. Her body was found in an upstairs room.

Despite desperate attempts to revive her, she was pronounced dead at the scene before she was transferred to the nearby Mercy University Hospital (MUH).

Officers said they were satisfied Ms McCarthy had not been living at the squat for more than 48 hours.

The area has a number of business premises and gardaí will be examining CCTV footage to determine the last known movements of the deceased.

Irish Independent

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