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Thursday 18 September 2014

Mum beaten to death after 'minor row with her killer'

Tom Brady and Luke Byrne

Published 28/06/2014 | 02:30

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A garda outside the house in Bray, Co Wicklow, where the woman’s battered body was found. Photo: Colin Keegan
A grieving woman arrives at the scene. Photo: Colin Keegan
A hearse takes the remains away. Photo: Colin Keegan

A mother of four was beaten to death after a minor dispute with a man, who was well known to her.

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Lynn Margaret Cassidy was attacked and struck on the head two days after her 50th birthday.

Her body was discovered on the floor of a downstairs room of her home in the Deepdales estate, at Southern Cross Road, Bray, Co Wicklow, shortly before 1.30am yesterday.

Last night gardai were awaiting the results of a post-mortem, carried out on her body by the Deputy State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis at Loughlinstown hospital, to determine whether any weapon was used in the assault.

No weapon was found during a search of the house.

It is believed she may have died from blunt force trauma to the head.

The body of the separated woman was discovered by her 13-year-old and 16-year-old sons, who alerted their father, Mohammad Afshar (55), a director of the Handi Tools company in Bray.

Mr Afshar notified the gardai, who sealed off the house until a detailed forensic examination of the scene had been carried out by gardai.

Ten hours later gardai searched a house in Bray and detained a 21-year-old suspect.

He was taken to Bray garda station for questioning under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, which allowed officers to hold him without charge for up to 24 hours, excluding rest periods.

Gardai believe Ms Cassidy was attacked following an argument with her killer. "It appears to have been a dispute over very little and it escalated out of control," one officer said last night.

Officers sealed off a large area of the Deepdales estate yesterday and made door-to-door inquiries,

Ms Cassidy, who was originally from Blackrock in south Co Dublin, had also been a director of the Handi Tools company until 2008.

Since then, she had studied counselling and was also said to have been a big music fan.

Posts on Facebook showed her enjoying various concerts and festivals, including Electric Picnic.

"Saw Patti Smith, Dexys (Midnight Runners), The Cure, Christy Moore and more to see today. A fabulous weekend," she wrote. Her interests on the site also included the Humanist Association of Ireland.

Shocked neighbours said Ms Cassidy had lived in the cul de sac for around three years.

"I couldn't believe it when I woke up this morning and was very worried when my husband said it was a woman, who had died," one woman said.

Michael Doyle (65) said: "It's unbelievable, to be honest with you. She was a kind-hearted person. I remember when we first moved here, she was the first person to come to our door to welcome us with a bunch of flowers and a bottle.

"She was a quiet, shy person who thought the world of her sons. She was very sad after the break-up of her marriage," he said.

"She is a very great loss. She was a very private person and kept to herself. She was someone that you could not say a single bad thing about," he added.

His wife Olive (65) said her death was "a great tragedy".

A woman who lived next-door to the victim said: "She was a lovely woman and a treasured neighbour. It is so very sad."

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