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Friday 29 August 2014

Two women released without charge following discovery of man's body

Man found yesterday at an apartment with plastic bag over his head

Jim Cusack

Published 01/06/2014 | 02:30

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SUSPICIOUS: Gardai remove the body in Ongar. Photo: Laura Hutton
SUSPICIOUS: Gardai remove the body in Ongar. Photo: Laura Hutton
The scene in Ongar Annally Grove in west Dublin where a man mwas murder in the early hours of this morning.  Picture;  GERRY MOONEY.  31/5/14
The scene in Ongar Annally Grove in west Dublin
The scene in Ongar Annally Grove in west Dublin where a man mwas murder in the early hours of this morning.  Picture;  GERRY MOONEY.  31/5/14
The scene in Ongar Annally Grove in west Dublin

Two women have been released without charge this evening, following the discovery of a man's body in Dublin yesterday.

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The women were in custody last night after the body of a 31-year-old man was found with a plastic bag over his head.

A file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions, gardai say.

Gardai are treating the death of the victim, whose remains were discovered in an apartment in west Dublin in the early hours of yesterday morning, as suspicious.

Two women, both aged in their 30s, were arrested after the death was reported to gardai at 4am. It's believed one of the women was the girlfriend of the dead man.

The apartment in Annaly Grove, Ongar, was sealed off and was still being examined forensically yesterday evening after the body was removed for a post-mortem.

The cause of death was not released. However, it is understood the man, named as Ian Quinn, originally from Tallaght in Dublin, may have suffocated.

Gardai are attempting to establish if Mr Quinn died accidentally or was killed. Results of the post mortem which was concluded this morning are not being released. 

Gardai said the dead man had been arrested earlier last week following an incident at James Connolly Memorial Hospital in Blanchardstown in which there was an alleged assault on a member of staff in the Accident and Emergency ward.

It is not clear why Mr Quinn was at the hospital, but it is thought to have been related to his drug taking. He was accompanied by a woman at the time and both were restrained by gardai.

Neighbours in the Annaly Grove development yesterday told the Sunday Independent that the inhabitants of the apartment where the body was found were "noisy" and that there were frequent rows and loud noise at night.

One woman said there had been noises from the apartment late on Friday night, but nothing further during the early hours of the morning until gardai and an ambulance arrived.

None of the people in the area yesterday knew the dead man or the others who have been living in the apartment.

The two women are expected to be released while gardai prepare a file for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The victim has lived in multiple addresses over the past decade since he became addicted to drugs. He had a record of minor offences including theft, public order, public drunkenness and possession of drugs for personal use but no serious offences.

It is understood he had only recently begun living in a rented apartment in the Ongur development between Blanchardstown and Lucan. Originally from Donamore Avenue in Tallaght, he had a long list of previous addresses including several in north inner Dublin. His last previous address was another rented apartment on the North Circular Road in Dublin.

He had also lived in other rented accommodation in Celbridge, Co Kildare, and in Tyrconnell Road in south Dublin in recent years.

He was well known to gardai in north Dublin as an addict and petty criminal who had been receiving methadone treatment but continued taking other drugs. He was also known to at times have been living rough.

The gardai asked anyone with information about the death to contact gardai at Blanchardstown on 01 666 7000 or any other garda station.

Sunday Independent

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