Thursday 27 July 2017

Murder probe after man found dead in flat

Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

GARDAI are set to launch a murder investigation today after the body of a 63-year-old man was discovered in his Cork city flat.

The grim discovery in Cork was made by a member of the man's own family at 9.45am yesterday morning when his family, neighbours and friends became concerned about his welfare.

The man -- who is understood to have worked as a taxi driver in Cork city and was named locally as Michael Healy -- had not been seen for a number of days, with both friends and relatives increasingly worried about him.

His body was discovered in an upstairs flat at Rockspring Terrace in St Luke's on the northside of Cork city. The building is a large, old family home which was converted several years ago into a flats complex. A total of 10 flats are now in the complex.

Gardai immediately sealed off the scene to allow for a detailed examination by members of the Garda Technical Bureau. State Pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy later conducted a preliminary examination of the body in the flat.

The man's remains were later transferred to Cork University Hospital (CUH), where a full post-mortem examination was being conducted last night.

Detailed toxicology tests were also being conducted. Gardai stressed that the nature of their investigation would only be determined when the detailed findings of that post-mortem examination are received.

However, garda sources stressed to the Irish Independent that a murder investigation was expected to be launched later today.

Particular attention is being paid to the time of Mr Healy's death -- amid growing fears he may have been lying dead in the flat for some time before he was discovered.

Uniformed gardai carried out door-to-door inquiries in both the St Luke's and Montenotte areas of Cork in a bid to determine the last movements of the deceased.

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Gardai also particularly want to speak to anyone who may have been in the vicinity of Rockspring Terrace over the past five days.

The man is understood to have been living in the St Luke's area for several years and was a familiar figure locally.

Detectives were last night seeking to examine CCTV security camera footage from business premises in the area to try and trace the last-known movements of the deceased -- and anyone who may have been in his company at the time.

Locals last night expressed deep shock at the grim discovery. "This is a really quiet area -- no one can believe it really.

"The first I knew about it was when I was walking home and saw all the gardai around the place," one man explained.

Irish Independent

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