GARDAI are treating as suspicious the death of a 70-year-old man found with multiple stab wounds at his home.
The alarm was raised at noon yesterday when workmen at the property found Alan Lee lying in a pool of blood in the kitchen of his cottage at Knockgorm, Cloyne, Co Cork.
However, detectives stressed that the nature of their investigation into the death will be determined by the results of a full post-mortem examination to be conducted later today.
While the circumstances are currently being treated as suspicious, there is no indication that foul play was involved in the pensioner's death.
Gardai found no sign of a break-in at the man's home, some 2km outside the east Cork village. There was similarly no sign of any robbery.
Mr Lee had met workmen when they arrived at the house at 10am yesterday, and the workers discovered him by chance in the kitchen at lunchtime.
The workmen reported no sounds of a disturbance or a call for help. Gardai and paramedics raced to the house but Mr Lee was pronounced dead at the scene before he could be transferred to hospital.
It is understood he had suffered more than a dozen injuries. Mr Lee, who had suffered from health problems over recent years, lived alone and was described by locals as a reserved man who kept to himself.
He was a former Youghal Carpets employee and was well-known in the area for his reliance on a small moped for transport. Mr Lee was single and socialised in Cloyne and Midleton.
Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster conducted a preliminary examination at the scene before the man's body was transferred to Cork University Hospital.
A Cloyne priest attended the scene and held a brief prayer service before the remains were removed. Garda technical experts conducted a detailed examination while uniformed gardai questioned neighbours to determine the man's last known movements.
Supt John Quilter said the direction of the probe would be determined by Dr Bolster.
"We are currently treating the death as suspicious. But the postmortem examination results will determine the precise course our investigation will take," he added.