Monday 5 December 2016

No foul play in death of 'Freaky Jesus'

Published 28/11/2016 | 02:30

Gardaí discovered his remains in the property and the initial indications are that Mr Sloane died more than a week ago (Stock picture)
Gardaí discovered his remains in the property and the initial indications are that Mr Sloane died more than a week ago (Stock picture)

Gardaí have ruled out foul play in the death of an elderly Englishman who claimed he was the 'Son of God' and 'Freaky Jesus'.

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The decomposed body of Duncan Sloane (70) was discovered in a semi-derelict property in a rural area outside Dunmanway on Saturday.

The grim discovery was made after concerns were raised locally about the well-being of the man.

Mr Sloane is an English national, though he had been resident in the Cork area for some time. He suffered from a number of medical and mental health issues.

Mr Sloane was well-known to gardaí and was one of the most colourful characters in west Cork due to his advocacy of cannabis.

He had a number of previous convictions including for cannabis possession and cultivation.

Three years ago, he vowed to Cork Circuit Criminal Court that he would not grow cannabis again at his property after serving a week in jail.

Questioned the day after the drugs seizure, Mr Sloane admitted that he had been growing cannabis at his Dunmanway home for more than 10 years.

He also had convictions for harassment. In 1999 he was jailed for 12 months for stalking a girl (15) after he claimed he saw "halos" glowing over her head.

In 2002, he was convicted of harassing a University College Cork law student.

During one court appearance, Mr Sloane claimed he had devised a mathematical formula to prove that he was 'the Son of God' and should be referred to as 'Freaky Jesus'.

Gardaí discovered his remains in the property and the initial indications are that Mr Sloane died more than a week ago. A full post-mortem examination was conducted at Cork University Hospital by Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster.

It is understood foul play has now been ruled out.

Irish Independent

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