Friday 23 February 2018

Burglars who found bodies to be charged

Julia Holmes and Tom Ruttle
Julia Holmes and Tom Ruttle

Paul Williams

The gang of burglars who found the decomposing bodies of an on-the-run fraudster and her partner during a break-in are likely to face criminal charges.

The Irish Independent understands that the four thieves, who are all known to gardaí as serial burglars, are being investigated for breaking and entering at the farmhouse where they made the grim discovery.

Sources say that the men are suspects for a string of burglaries in Limerick and will be charged in relation to this incident despite alerting gardaí to the bodies.

The investigation into the deaths of conwoman Julia Holmes (63) and her partner Thomas Ruttle (56) is now centring on the possibility that they entered into a suicide pact.

Gardaí now believe the couple are likely to have taken a poisonous substance.

However, the cause of death may take weeks to establish as officers await the results of toxicology tests.

A post-mortem examination on Monday found no evidence of how the couple died.

A rifle owned by Mr Ruttle was found at the scene but the State Pathologist said the couple had not been shot.

Irish Independent

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