Saturday 3 December 2016

Man (33) arrested following 'horrendous loss' of Natalie McGuinness at Sligo home

Ken Foy and Caroline Crawford

Published 28/10/2015 | 13:39

General view of gardai at scene of flats/house on Mail Coach Road, Sligo town, Co. Sligo. Picture: Caroline Quinn
General view of gardai at scene of flats/house on Mail Coach Road, Sligo town, Co. Sligo. Picture: Caroline Quinn

A 33-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a garda investigation into the discovery of a woman's body at a house in Sligo.

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Gardai in Sligo received a call at around 10.30am this morning when they went to a house on Mailcoach Road, Sligo.

On arrival ambulance crew were at the scene and gardai encountered a man, originally from Roscommon, carrying a knife.

This man was tasered by members of the Regional Support Unit, Sligo.

The victim has been named locally as 23-year-old Natalie McGuinness who was from Easky and was living and working in Sligo town.

Medical attention was provided to the man and the woman.

Gardai at a house on Mailcoach Road, Sligo. Photo: Donal Hackett
Gardai at a house on Mailcoach Road, Sligo. Photo: Donal Hackett

Both people were removed to Sligo Regional Hospital for medical attention but Ms McGuinness was pronounced dead shortly after 11am.

The 33-year-old man is being detained at Sligo Garda station under the provisions of section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 as amended.

The post mortem is ongoing.

Locals in Sligo have expressed shock at the violent death of a young woman in the city.

Fine Gael TD John Perry said people were stunned by the news this evening.

"This is a horrendous loss of life and I want to express my sympathy and the sympathies of the local community to this young woman's family.

"This is the third such tragedy to hit Sligo and people are just stunned by another death in such tragic circumstances," he added.

Local councillor Tom McSharry said the entire community wished to pass on their sympathies to the victim's family.

"This is a very close knit community and this death is absolutely tragic. Given the fact that it is not that long ago that we had a similar tragic killing in Sligo, the entire community is shocked.

"This is a very old residential part of Sligo and the hearts of the community go out to the victim and her family," he added.

The scene is preserved for a technical examination and the State Pathologist, Marie Cassidy has been notified and is expected to conduct the post mortem later this evening.

Gardai have now began a murder investigation in Sligo and anyone with information can contact Sligo Garda Station 071 9157000, The Garda Confidential Line 1 800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

No arrests have been made at this stage. 

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