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Thursday 27 April 2017

Murder of man (64) in Dublin Mountains may be linked to 'dispute over land'

Gardai preserves the scene as Garda Supt. Peter Duff looks on in foreground close to where the mans body was discovered on Ballinascorney Hill in Brittas.
Pic Steve Humphreys
Gardai preserves the scene as Garda Supt. Peter Duff looks on in foreground close to where the mans body was discovered on Ballinascorney Hill in Brittas. Pic Steve Humphreys

Alan O'Keeffe

A man beaten to death in a mountain forest may have been involved in a dispute over land in Dublin, gardai believe.

The chief suspect in the killing of Michael McCoy was known to the victim and was placed under arrest in Tallaght garda station.

The 64-year-old victim lived in Ballinascorney Upper, Brittas, County Dublin, and was a passionate conservationist. The father-of-three had been secretary of the Dublin Mountain Conservation and Environmental Group.

A 41-year-old man was detained by gardai and was being questioned yesterday by detectives.

Gardai preserves the scene close to where the mans body was discovered on Ballinascorney Hill in Brittas.
Pic Steve Humphreys
Gardai preserves the scene close to where the mans body was discovered on Ballinascorney Hill in Brittas. Pic Steve Humphreys

He was released after questioning on Sunday night.

The body was found on Ballinascorney Hill in the early hours of Friday on a mountain path after an extensive search. It is believed he left his home to walk his two boxer dogs early on Thursday morning and failed to return home.

A Garda preserves the scene where the mans body was discovered off the Ballinascorney Road in Brittas.
Pic Steve Humphreys
A Garda preserves the scene where the mans body was discovered off the Ballinascorney Road in Brittas. Pic Steve Humphreys

His grieving family issued an appeal for help to find one of the dogs that has failed to return home.

Mr McCoy’s daughter Rachel issued a public appeal on Facebook seeking help in finding the family’s beloved pet boxer Fia.

She stated: “Fia our boxer is still missing in the Ballinascorney area after my dad was assaulted. Please share and help find her.”

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