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Sunday 24 September 2017

Suspect arrested after man beaten to death at home

Gardai at the scene in Cabra
Gardai at the scene in Cabra
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A 21-year-old man was arrested in north Dublin this morning by detectives investigating a gruesome murder in Cabra.

The suspect was picked up at 8am after being identified as a suspect in the case over the weekend.

He is being questioned at Finglas garda station about the murder of Kevin Molloy. It is understood the man was known to the victim.

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The body of Mr Molloy (41) was found by neighbours at his house on the Glendhu Road in Cabra on Sunday, February 1.

Mr Molloy had been dead for over a week before the grim discovery was made. He had suffered horrific head injuries.

Last Friday, gardai appealed for anyone who was in the Glendhu Road area of Cabra between January 20 and February 1, or who may have seen Mr Molloy in the area during that time, to contact them.

Mr Molloy suffered extreme blunt force trauma to the head and his injuries were so extensive that gardai used DNA evidence to formally confirm his identity. It is believed Mr Molloy had been living in the Cabra house for eight years and was originally from the nearby Drumcondra area.

Locals said he was a former engineer who previously ran his own business, and was known to be a quiet man who kept to himself.

It is understood that he had developed an alcohol problem in the years before his death and had fallen on hard times.

His home was found in a neglected state and it is understood that the house was not effectively secured, and anyone could walk in through the front or back doors.

Neighbours spoke to the Herald about Mr Molloy on the day the grim discovery of his body was made.

“You might see him late at night going into the house,” a local man said.

“I don’t think I ever saw anyone else going in with him. I think poor Kevin may have fallen on hard times.

“There used to be a van in the driveway but I haven’t seen it for a few years now,” said another shocked local resident.

kfoy@herald.ie

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