Murder probe as man dies from injuries after beating
Published 09/08/2010 | 05:00
A MURDER inquiry is expected to be launched later today following the death of a 60-year-old man who was savagely beaten in his own home.
Cyril Moran of River Road, Cartron Point, Sligo, was taken to Sligo General Hospital in the early hours of last Thursday suffering serious head and body injuries.
His condition later deter-iorated and he was placed on a life support machine when he began to bleed internally. He lost his fight for life yesterday afternoon.
A post-mortem examination will be carried out on his body today, after which gardai are expected to officially launch a murder investigation.
Two men in their late 20s, who were arrested by gardai in connection with the incident, have been released without charge.
A 28-year-old was arrested in Sligo on Friday evening under Section 30 of the Offences Against State Act and taken to Ballymote garda station for questioning.
He was released on Saturday night and a file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.
A 29-year-old man was arrested in Sligo town on Saturday evening, also under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act, and taken to Manorhamilton garda station.
He was expected to be released last night.
Both men are local and at least one was known to Mr Moran.
A technical team from garda headquarters carried out an examination of the sealed-off house at Cartron Point where the assault is believed to have occurred.
The victim was single and unemployed and was living in rented accommodation, having sold the family home on Pearse Road for a considerable amount of money some years ago.
He used to work in a factory in the town which closed down several years ago.
Friends of the man described him as "quiet and inoffensive". Some have described him as a recluse.
"He didn't drink or smoke. He went to Mass in the friary almost every day and he did the readings a lot," said one local person.
Mr Moran, whose mother was a teacher, was also described a "very well read and brilliant at quizzes".
"He was a genius at quizzes. If he had gone on 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire' he would have won it. He had all this knowledge in his head.
"He would set quizzes and take part in quizzes all over the town for years," said one man.
Local Fine Gael councillor and business owner Matt Lyons expressed his shock at news of the attack.
"I have known him to see for years and knew him to be a very quiet reserved man who kept to himself. It is very disturbing to think that this could happen in his own home," he said.
Mr Moran moved to the Cartron area in the north of the town approximately 18 months ago having previously rented an apartment at the Riverside.
Neighbours in the estate had complained to the owner of the house on several occasions about late-night noise and partying at the house.
Gardai have confirmed they were also aware of alleged incidents of anti-social activity taking place at the house.
An incident room has been set up at Sligo garda station and gardai have appealed to the public for information.