Wednesday 29 March 2017

Gardai investigate whether drunken row led to woman's death

A woman's body is removed from an apartment block in Clonsilla, Dublin, yesterday. Photo: STEVE HUMPHREYS
A woman's body is removed from an apartment block in Clonsilla, Dublin, yesterday. Photo: STEVE HUMPHREYS

Edel O'Connell

A WOMAN found dead in an apartment on Christmas night may have suffered the fatal injuries 24 hours earlier.

The 52-year-old woman was discovered with severe head injuries in a bedroom of the apartment at Station Court Hall, Clonsilla, Dublin, shortly after 9.30pm on Christmas night.

Gardai are investigating whether her death was the result of a drink-fuelled row.

And officers are also investigating whether the incident actually occurred late on Christmas Eve -- more than 24 hours before her body was found.

Blanchardstown garda station received a call shortly after 9.25pm on Christmas night and were told that a seriously injured female was in an apartment in Clonsilla.

Upon arrival, officers contacted a local doctor and sealed off the area. But the doctor pronounced the woman dead at the scene.

It is understood she had sustained serious head injuries, but investigators were last night still trying to determine whether a weapon was used.

A 32-year-old woman, who was arrested at the scene, was being detained in Blanchardstown garda station under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

She can be held for up to 24 hours, and should be released or charged today.



Shocked

The body was removed from the apartment at around 1.30pm yesterday to Tallaght Hospital where a post mortem was carried out by Deputy State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis.

The Garda Technical Bureau yesterday carried out a technical exam of the scene.

Gardai say they are not seeking anyone else in connection with the incident.

It is understood that the dead woman was living in Ireland for a number of years, but had only moved to the complex in Clonsilla in recent weeks.

Residents in the surrounding apartments expressed their shock yesterday morning at the news.

A number of them gathered in the freezing conditions trying to find out what had occurred.

Many said theirs was not the sort of neighbourhood where people got to know one another.

"Everybody kind of keeps to themselves here, so nobody knew anything about this until we saw all the gardai and that the area was sealed off.

"It is a terrible tragedy, especially at Christmas time. We are all very shocked," said one resident.

Another resident described how there were a number of different nationalities living in the neighbourhood and the apartment dwellers generally only knew the person living across the hall from them.

One family who had been visiting their son in the apartment directly over the dead woman's apartment on Christmas night said they were deeply saddened by the tragedy.

Local Fianna Fail councillor David McGuinness branded the incident a tragedy for the area.

"It is not what people want to be dealing with over the festive season," Mr McGuinness said. "It's a very tight-knit community."

Irish Independent

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