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Thursday 18 October 2018

DNA expert to investigate murder case

Limerick murder victim Martin Clancy
Limerick murder victim Martin Clancy

David Raleigh

Gardaí investigating the murder of Martin Clancy in his Co Limerick home have requested the services of an expert forensic scientist in the hopes of finding DNA belonging to Mr Clancy's killer.

The expert, who is attached to Forensic Science Ireland (FSI) - an associated office of the Department of Justice and Equality - arrived yesterday at Mr Clancy's flat, where the victim's body was found last Sunday.

The FSI official is conducting a full sweep of Mr Clancy's flat at Little O'Curry Street, as investigating gardaí continued to conduct house to house enquiries in the local community.

Mr Clancy (45) was originally from Moyross in Limerick.

While gardaí have not released the post-mortem examination results, it is understood he died from stab injuries.

Superintendent Derek Smart, leading the murder investigation, appealed for anyone who has information about the murder to contact gardaí at Henry Street (061-212400), or the Garda Confidential Line (1800-666-111).

Meanwhile, gardaí also revealed that an FSI scientist has uncovered DNA which gardaí believe belongs to the killer of Limerick pensioner Rosie Hanrahan.

The 78-year-old's body was found in her Thomondgate home on December 15 last, after an apparent break-in at the property.

Gardaí are now liaising with Interpol in an attempt to find a DNA match after the sample did not get a hit from the national database, which is operated by FSI.

In 2016 alone, 9,000 profiles were added to the database, which identified 428 hits, and assisted 625 cases. There are close to 100 people working at FSI, including mainly trained scientists and analysts, supported by administration staff.

Originally known as the Forensic Science Laboratory, FSI was established in 1975 to provide a scientific service to the Criminal Justice System by analysing samples submitted from crime scenes and providing expert evidence in criminal trials.

Irish Independent

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