AN Irish construction worker murdered in a suspected Mozambique car-jacking was beaten to death, his family has revealed.
William Deasy's family paid tribute to their "bright, intelligent, ambitious ... and beloved son" as it emerged a post-mortem examination in the Mozambique capital of Maputo confirmed the 32-year-old Corkman died from a violent assault.
In a statement, Paddy and Abina Deasy, and siblings, David, Paul, Susan and Emma, said they were devastated.
His employer Kentz and the Department of Foreign Affairs are now liaising with the Mozambique authorities about repatriating his body for burial.
"The autopsy received by the family from Mozambique this morning has revealed that William died as a result of a serious assault and has thankfully confirmed that previous reports of gunshot wounds were incorrect," the family said.
He had been working for almost 18 months for the Tipperary-based civil engineering firm.
He was apparently killed after leaving the Kentz compound on Friday in Moma in the north of the country. William's body was discovered lying in the bush some 20km from the compound.
The 4x4 he was driving was discovered abandoned some distance away.
The Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) graduate was shortly planning to further his qualifications at King's College in London, his family said.
His family boast strong links to the GAA – particularly Glen Rovers, for whom his father was a star in the '60s and' 70s.