Sunday 4 December 2016

Man arrested by gardaí day before his body was found

Published 04/04/2015 | 02:30

Gardai at the scene where the man's body was found in Tralee
Gardai at the scene where the man's body was found in Tralee

A MAN whose body was discovered near the carwash of a garage had been arrested by gardaí the previous day for public order offences.

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But the death of Nigel Leigh, not far from the grounds of Kerry General Hospital (KGH) in Tralee where he had been admitted as a patient, is not being treated as suspicious.

It is understood that Mr Leigh, who was in his early 40s and from Fossa near Killarney, had discharged himself from hospital late on Thursday.

His remains were discovered near the carwash on the forecourt of Kelliher's Garage in Rathass in Tralee by a member of the public at around 6.50am on Friday.

The area where the body was discovered was cordoned off but the garage remained open.

The remains were taken to KGH yesterday afternoon for a post-mortem examination.

The Garda Síochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) is investigating the incident, as Mr Leigh had been in garda custody in the hours before his body was discovered. It is being treated as a sudden death.

Mr Leigh, who suffered from addiction problems, had been arrested on Thursday for public order offences near his home and brought to Killarney Garda Station.

Shortly after his arrival at the garda station, an ambulance was called and he was taken to KGH for treatment.

Because the man had been in contact with gardaí in the hours before his death, the incident was referred to GSOC for an independent investigation.

"According to the Garda Síochána, the man had been arrested for public order offences yesterday evening near his home in Killarney and brought to Killarney Garda Station," the Garda Ombudsman stated.

"Gardaí report that, shortly after arrival at the garda station, an ambulance was called and he was transferred to Tralee General Hospital."

GSOC is appealing for anyone who may have seen the man to contact them on 1890 600 800.

Irish Independent

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