Sunday 22 October 2017

Gardai appeal for couple who raised the alarm after murder inquiry launched into death of elderly farmer

Garda forensics at the scene where the man’s body was found. Photo: Provision Inset: Paddy Lyons
Garda forensics at the scene where the man’s body was found. Photo: Provision Inset: Paddy Lyons
Garda forensics at the scene where the man’s body was found. Photo: Provision

Ryan Nugent

Gardai are looking for a man and woman who raised the alarm in relation to the murder of an elderly farmer in Waterford over the weekend.

Paddy Lyons was found dead by a neighbour shortly after 5pm on Saturday in Ballysaggart, just outside Lismore and was last seen alive on Friday evening.

A couple in a white van are understood to have alerted a neighbour of Mr Lyons, who then found his body on his armchair in his farmhouse.

They drove off in the direction of Lismore.

Speaking at the scene, Superintendent Michael Leacy said he hopes the pair come forward to them at their investigation room in Dungarvan.

"Paddy was last seen alive on Friday 24 February shortly after 5pm. His body was discovered at 5pm on Saturday. A post mortem has now been concluded and this is now a murder inquiry," Mr Leacy said.

"We're especially asking a man and a woman who raised the alarm shortly after 4.30 on Saturday to contact us. Paddy was well known in the local community and had regular visitors to his house. We would ask anyone who would call to his house on a regular basis to contact us at the incident room of Dungarvan garda station.

"They raised the alarm locally, they called to a house shortly after 4.30 and raised the alarm. I don't want to issue any further information in relation to those people, I'm hoping they will come forward.

"This is the very early stages of the investigation and all avenues of inquiry will be followed up," he added.

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