Saturday 23 September 2017

Garda investigate as man discovered 'may have died from internal injuries'

Garda investigation underway following discovery of man's body this evening
Garda investigation underway following discovery of man's body this evening
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

Gardai are treating as suspicious the death of a young man in his rented north Cork property.

The man, named locally as Peter Murphy (36), was discovered at a property at Shanavoher outside Bweeng in north Cork on Saturday evening.

Gardai and Health Service Executive (HSE) paramedics were notified but the man was pronounced dead at the scene by a local doctor.

The initial cause of death was not immediately apparent and the State Pathologist’s Office was notified.

His remains were transferred to Cork University Hospital (CUH). A full post mortem examination was carried out by Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster at CUH.

The examination will also include detailed toxicology tests.

It is believed the young man died from internal injuries.

Gardai stressed that the nature of their investigation will be determined by the findings of the post mortem examination.

However, the man’s death is being treated as suspicious.

Efforts are now underway to determine the last known movements of Mr Murphy.

He had been living in the Bweeng area over recent months and is understood to have been out socialising on Friday or Saturday.

Mr Murphy was originally from Castletownroche. His family last had contact with him on Thursday when he made a phone call to his parents.

The area where the man’s body was found was sealed off pending a full technical examination by garda forensic experts.

That examination is expected to last several days. The body was found on Saturday evening by a neighbour who had called looking for Mr Murphy.

He became suspicious when there was no sign of Mr Murphy and a window was found to be cracked at the property.

The landlord was notified and Mr Murphy’s body was found on the sitting room floor.

It is understood Mr Murphy had been out of work lately.

He had previously been employed working in machinery repairs and as a handyman.

Locals expressed shock last night at the news of the death. Mr Murphy, who has three siblings, lived alone at the property.

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