Murder of man (64) in Dublin Mountains may be linked to 'dispute over land'
Published 02/10/2016 | 19:19
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.
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.
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.”