Tuesday 21 November 2017

DNA test identifies man killed in fire

Michael McHale

GARDAI have identified the victim of a house fire this week as a homeless man who was squatting in the derelict building.

The body of John Hoey (47), originally from Sandycove in south Dublin, was found early on Wednesday morning after a blaze engulfed the Dalkey house he was living rough in for the past two weeks.

The dead man's body was left so badly burned that Mr Hoey's identity could only be established yesterday, through DNA tests taken from skin on the palm of one of his hands.

Last night, Det Insp Eamon O'Reilly, who was leading the investigation on the cause of the fire at the Ulverton Road house, said that forensic investigators had now finished their examinations of the scene and now believed the fire was started accidentally, possibly from a candle.

"We've conducted a full examination of the scene and post-mortem and the results are beyond doubt. The forensics found no accelerant, and the house has been derelict for a number of years with the electricity being disconnected," he said.

Irish Independent

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