Gardai probe whether dead grandmother was beaten
GARDAI are investigating whether a mother who died after almost a month in a coma may have fallen victim to an assault.
Carol McAuley (54), from Ballybough Road, Dublin, died yesterday after suffering a severe haemorrhaging on the brain.
The grandmother, who worked as a cleaner in a community centre, was rushed to hospital on the morning of July 25 with injuries described as "horrific".
Ms McAuley was found in her bed in the early hours of July 25 with injuries to her face and head. She also had marks around her eyes and ears.
She had spent almost a month in a coma before her death yesterday.
Gardai are treating her death as suspicious and a full-scale investigation is under way as they work on the theory that Ms McAuley was the "victim of a bad assault".
Gardai have been given an account that the day before Ms McAuley was taken to hospital she had been involved in an altercation.
Five people, including a man and a woman known to Ms McAuley, have been interviewed by gardai.