No garda action after nursing home death
Published 12/09/2010 | 05:00
No garda action is to be taken in the case of a 96-year-old man who allegedly struck and knocked a 71-year-old man out of his wheelchair in a south Dublin nursing home.
The death, which happened two weeks ago, was initially treated as a potential homicide as there appeared to be clear evidence that the 96-year-old had carried out an assault. Despite his age, he is said to be physically fit.
However, post-mortem results received by investigators showed that the victim, from the Dun Laoghaire area, died from natural causes relating to an existing breathing disorder contributing to heart failure.
Tests also showed that the 96-year-old is suffering from mild dementia.
The case had initially been a serious headache for gardai as no prosecution has ever been conducted against a suspect of his age in Ireland.
However, the test results have resulted in the case being deemed not worthy of any further investigation and no prosecution will take place.
Also, no blame is being attached to the staff at the nursing home, which gardai say is very well run by considerate staff.