Monday 26 September 2016

Man found dead at his home had been due to renew vows

Man (67) arrested as gardaí probe murder of resident (59)

Published 26/05/2016 | 02:30

The house at Summerville Park, Rathmines, Dublin where the man’s body was discovered on Monday night. Photo: Collins
The house at Summerville Park, Rathmines, Dublin where the man’s body was discovered on Monday night. Photo: Collins

A man who was found dead at his home in Rathmines in south Dublin on Monday night had been due to renew his vows with his partner later this summer.

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Des Sullivan (59) is believed to have been strangled.

Mr Sullivan was discovered in an unresponsive state at his home in Summerville Park, off the Upper Rathmines Road. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 67-year-old man, believed to have been known to the deceased, was arrested on Tuesday morning in Dublin in connection with the incident.

He was questioned at Rathmines garda station before being released without charge yesterday afternoon. A file is to be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Friends of Mr Sullivan arrived at the quiet row of terraced period red-brick homes in Summerville Park to pay their respects and leave flowers.

A rose is left at the deceased’s door Picture: Caroline Quinn
A rose is left at the deceased’s door Picture: Caroline Quinn

Mr Sullivan had previously worked for the Mrs Green's shop in Ranelagh, which raises funds for Cheeverstown House in Templeogue.

Locals said Mr Sullivan had been in a long-term relationship with his partner and the pair had married abroad in a civil ceremony in the past.

"He was due to renew his vows with him this summer in light of the change to the marriage referendum last year. They were devoted to each other," a friend, who knew the couple, told the Irish Independent.

Summerville Park is a small cul-de-sac of terraced, period red-brick homes.

Summerville Park, Rathmines, Dublin. Photo: Collins
Summerville Park, Rathmines, Dublin. Photo: Collins

The couple's neighbours were reluctant to comment except to say that Mr Sullivan had lived on the street for many years and was a quiet and reserved man.

"We don't even know what happened. It's hard to believe. It's a very quiet street, but nobody seems to have heard anything or know anything about what happened," said one local resident.

"The first we knew about it was when we saw the emergency services and the gardaí."

"It's very sad, really. Nothing like this has happened here before," said another.

Gardaí and the Dublin Fire Brigade attended the scene on Monday night after receiving a call that there had been an incident.

Mr Sullivan was pronounced dead at the scene and his body remained there overnight while the house was sealed off pending a forensic examination by members of the garda technical bureau.

State Pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy attended the scene on Tuesday morning and later carried out a post mortem on the body at the City Morgue in Marino.

Gardaí have now launched a murder investigation.

Irish Independent

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