Wednesday 13 December 2017

Assault victim's burial delayed for further tests

Anita Guidera

A 73-year-old pensioner who died almost two weeks ago following an assault in his Co Cavan home has yet to be buried.

Bachelor Johnny Golden was found unconscious in a pool of blood on the bedroom floor of his cottage in Doogary, near Killeshandra, on the Cavan/Leitrim border on Tuesday morning, September 7.

He was taken to Cavan General Hospital where he was pronounced dead on October 6.

It is believed that he had been the victim of a violent sexual assault.

A major garda investigation has been under way into the death.

On September 11, gardai at Ballyconnell garda station arrested a young male under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984. He was detained for questioning at the station for 24 hours and released without charge.

Mr Golden was due to be buried last Sunday week but the funeral was deferred when it emerged that further tests had to be carried out on the body following an initial post-mortem examination.

A source close to the investigation confirmed yesterday that the body was still required by the state pathologist as "part of the ongoing investigation".

The investigation team is due to review the matter later this week.

Irish Independent

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