Friday 22 September 2017

Murder probe launched after man found with head injuries

Grim discovery made by worried family members

Conor Feehan and Ken Foy

Detectives have launched a murder investigation following a post mortem on the body of a man found dead with head injuries.

The man, named locally as Kevin Molloy, 42, was discovered in the terraced house on Glendhu Road, Cabra, in Dublin yesterday afternoon.

It is believed relatives who could not contact Mr Molloy over the past few days made the grim discovery when they called to the house to check on him.

Gardai believe Mr Molloy, who is single and unemployed, may have been dead a number of days.

Tonight they upgraded the probe to a murder investigation.

"The body has not yet been formally identified," said a Garda spokesman.

House on Glendhu Rd. Cabra where body was found. (Photo Doug O'Connor)
House on Glendhu Rd. Cabra where body was found. (Photo Doug O'Connor)
House on Glendhu Rd. Cabra where body was found. (Photo Doug O'Connor)
House on Glendhu Rd. Cabra where body was found. (Photo Doug O'Connor)
House on Glendhu Rd. Cabra where body was found. (Photo Doug O'Connor)
House on Glendhu Rd. Cabra where body was found. (Photo Doug O'Connor)
A Garda on duty at The Glendhu Road, Cabra house where a body was discovered last night.
A Garda on duty at The Glendhu Road, Cabra house where a body was discovered last night.

"DNA tests are being carried out. The results are expected tomorrow."

The scene at the house remains preserved for technical examination and a post mortem was carried out earlier today at Dublin City Morgue by the State Pathologist, Professor Marie Cassidy.

Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information to contact Cabra Garda Station on 01 6667400, The Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111 or any Garda Station.

Ambulance crews who were called by the family decided to call gardai in case there was any foul play involved in the death.

It is understood Mr Molloy had suffered head injuries and lost a large amount of blood.

The front door of the house is wooden with glass panels, and in daylight it could be seen that one of the glass panels beside the lock was broken.

It is unclear if this was done by family members as they gained access to the house or if the glass was broken beforehand.

State Pathologist Marie Cassidy arrived at the scene shortly after 9am and entered the house with gardai from the technical bureau a short time later.

A forensic examination of the house by members of the garda technical bureau is also due to be undertaken today.

Neighbours described Mr Molloy as a quiet man who kept to himself.

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They said they thought he was a former engineer or ran a business of his own, but he had become reclusive in recent years.

“It’s terribly sad to think that this could happen. His poor family must be terribly distressed,” said one local woman.

“I haven’t seen Kevin since before Christmas, but he would come and go. You would never hear a peep from him.

“We certainly didn’t hear any disturbance at the house or anything,” the neighbour told the Herald.

Other neighbours said they thought Mr Molloy was originally from Cabra or Drumcondra.

“You might see him late at night going into the house. I don’t think I ever saw anyone else going in with him,” said a local man.

“I think poor Kevin may have fallen on hard times in recent years. There used to be a van in the driveway but I haven’t seen it for a few years now,” said another local resident.

Gardai maintained a presence at the house overnight as officers carried out house-to-house enquiries in the surrounding streets.

Glendhu Road is a mature settled road on the outskirts of Cabra where neighbours were saddened at the unfortunate death of Mr Molloy.

They said he had lived at the house for up to eight years but was always a private man who caused no trouble or concerns in the area.

Gardai in Cabra are investigating all the circumstances surrounding the discovery of the body, and will decide what directions their investigations will go after the results of the post mortem are available.

Irish Independent

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