Wednesday 26 November 2014

Post-mortem reveals gran was assault victim

By Ken Foy Crime Correspondent

Published 23/08/2014 | 11:28

Carol McAuley (on right),  (54), of 64 Ballybough Road woman who died after beating in July 2014
Carol McAuley

A post-mortem which was carried out on the body of a 54-year-old Dublin grandmother has established that she was definitely assaulted before her death.

A major investigation is continuing this weekend into the death of tragic Carol McCauley and it is expected that officers will reinterview everyone who was in her company in the days before she was attacked.

The investigation is being led by detectives based at Mountjoy Garda Station and sources say that "developments are expected in the coming days."

A senior source explained: "Yesterday's post-mortem showed that there is no doubt that this unfortunate woman was attacked - she had a number of injuries to her body.

"What gardai now have to establish is what exactly happened to this unfortunate woman.

"A lot of work still needs to be done to establish the exact chain of events surrounding her death but the assault was a major factor in it."

Injuries

Ms McCauley was found in her bed in the early hours of July 25 with injuries to her face and head. She also had marks around her eyes and ears.

She was rushed to the Mater Hospital but was later transferred to Beaumont Hospital.

She had spent almost a month in a coma before her death at 4pm on Thursday.

Five individuals, including a man and a woman known to Ms McAuley and who were in the Ballybough Road property on both July 24 and 25, have been interviewed by gardai.

Gardai have been given an account that the day before she was taken to hospital she had been involved in an altercation.

When she woke up on July 25 complaining that she felt unwell, an ambulance was called.

"She had suspected severe haemorrhaging on the brain and when she arrived in hospital her condition was described as critical," said a senior source.

The north inner city woman had several grown-up children and a number of grandchildren.

She had worked as a cleaner in a local community centre for years and her family lived nearby.

Dublin Lord Mayor Christy Burke described her as a "decent woman".

kfoy@herald.ie

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