Tuesday 27 September 2016

Death of man initially thought to have 'taken own life' now being treated as suspicious

Published 08/12/2015 | 09:51

Leonard's Court apartments (inset John Stewart)
Leonard's Court apartments (inset John Stewart)

THE circumstances surrounding the death of a man who was initially believed to have taken his own life are now being treated as suspicious.

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The body of John Stewart (54) was found at his flat in Clanbrassil Street in Dublin last Thursday.

It was initially believed that the injuries to his body were self-inflicted.

However, following the post mortem, gardai say they are "investigating all the circumstances" and have appealed for witnesses.

"Gardai are anxious to trace John Stewart’s movements between Tuesday 1st December and Wednesday 2nd December 2015," a garda spokesman said. 

"It is believed that John may have spent some time in Dublin City Centre during this period. It is also believed that he was wearing a grey puffy (padded) zip up coat, light coloured jeans and a grey woolly hat.

"John is described as being 5ft 10 inches in height and of average build.

"Investigating Gardaí are appealing for the public’s assistance with their investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact Kevin Street Garda Station on 6669400, The Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111 or any Garda Station."

A Technical Bureau team have been called in to scour the apartment for clues as part of the probe.

Gardai are currently reviewing CCTV footage and have appealed for any locals who may have known the victim to come forward.

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