IT is a little over six months since 58-yearold James Cahillane died from injuries inflicted in a savage beating that shocked Kerry and, as of yet, noone has been before the courts charged with his murder.
Mr Cahillane, who worked as an electrician and a tradesman in his native Killorglin, lived alone at Ardraw, Beaufort, and was a popular figure in his local community.
On the night of his death on April 19 last, James Cahillane had been socialising in Killorglin and had taken a taxi home. Emergency services were alerted to a fire in the deceased man's home at 2.20am, where he was found, and initially thought to have been suffering from injuries sustained as a result of the fire.
A post-mortem examination however, found that Mr Cahillane had died as the result of head injuries consistent with a violent assault and gardai launched a murder investigation. Gardaí established a belief early in the investigation that there was local involvement in the vicious crime and appealed for anyone with information to come forward. A reconstruction broadcast on RTÉ's Crimecall assisted with the investigation but failed to establish any definite leads. Six months on and progress is still slow, as confirmed by Inspector Donal Ashe who is leading the investigation. Insp Ashe, who reiterated his belief that there was local involvement in James Cahillane's killing also made a fresh appeal for information.
"We would still appeal to the public to come forward with any information that could progress the case. There is still someone or some people out there that know something in relation to this, so we would appeal for the people to come forward, even at this stage," the inspector said.