Prisoner quizzed over missing man's murder
Published 18/02/2010 | 05:00
GARDAI were last night questioning the prime suspect for a murder after they arrested him in prison.
The investigation into the death of Frank Green (48), whose body was found on the banks of the River Shannon earlier this month, was yesterday upgraded to a murder probe.
Officers in Limerick arrested the 27-year-old prisoner at Limerick prison at 10am yesterday.
This is the second time he has been detained and questioned by gardai investigating the circumstances surrounding Mr Greene's death.
Last month, the same man was arrested and questioned on suspicion of falsely imprisoning Mr Green on the day he was last seen. He was released without charge before being re-arrested at the Mulgrave Street prison yesterday and brought to Henry Street garda station in the city.
The remains of the dead man were found washed up on the riverbank by a local farmer at Portrine, Cratloe, Co Clare, on February 5 last.
Originally from Kilteely, Co Limerick, Mr Green had been missing from his Limerick city flat since November 28 last. It is feared he was abducted at knifepoint from his home in Hartstonge Street.
Along with his suspected abductor, the two men were seen in the following areas of Limerick city on November 28 -- Hartstonge Street, walking past Dominos pizzeria on Mt Kenneth Place, the Dock Road, and the riverfront at Steamboat Quay.
It is believed Mr Green's body entered the Shannon in Limerick city and was washed downstream to where he was found earlier this month. Investigating gardai have studied CCTV footage from across Limerick city centre in a bid to uncover what caused Mr Green's death. Supt Frank O'Brien of Henry Street garda station said the death was not connected to any ongoing feuds or criminal activity in Limerick.
An initial post-mortem examination proved inconclusive and further examination was required before gardai decided what course the investigation would take. For operational reasons, the latest results on the remains of the dead man have not been released.
Yesterday's arrest is understood to have been a significant development in the murder probe. Mr Greene, who lived in Limerick for a number of years, was well known to residents and commuters in the city centre. His family were originally from Ballinlough, but Mr Greene attended Kilteely primary school and was very active in football, hurling and soccer during his youth.