Thursday 19 April 2018

Gardaí launch murder investigation following death of man (21) discovered with head injuries

  • Man (21) discovered in driveway outside house in Swinford
  • Victim named by gardaí as Joseph Deacy of St. Albans in England
  • Young man was holidaying in the area, visiting friends 
  • Gardaí now investigating circumstances surrounding death of young man
Claremorris Garda Station, Co. Mayo. Photo: Keith Heneghan
Claremorris Garda Station, Co. Mayo. Photo: Keith Heneghan
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Gardaí are investigating a suspected murder following the death of a man who was discovered with apparent head injuries in Mayo at the weekend.

The 21-year-old man, named by gardaí as Joseph Deacy of St. Albans in England, was discovered outside a house at Gortnasillagh, Swinford at approximately 6.00am on Saturday morning.

The alarm was raised by a passer-by and gardaí and emergency services attended the scene immediately.

The man was taken by ambulance to Mayo University Hospital and later removed to Beaumont Hospital where he was pronounced dead on Sunday evening, August 13.

Superintendent Tony Healy briefing the media after the murder of Joseph Deacy at Claremorris Garda Station, Co. Mayo. Photo: Keith Heneghan
Superintendent Tony Healy briefing the media after the murder of Joseph Deacy at Claremorris Garda Station, Co. Mayo. Photo: Keith Heneghan

The victim was on holiday in the area and had been visiting friends.

Joseph Deacy (21) from St Albans in England, was a regular visitor to the Swinford area and would come over quite often, according to Superintendent, Tony Healy.

"He was on holiday, he had some friends here in Ireland," Supt Healy said.

"He would be over and back here quite regularly and had a circle of friends he'd visit," he added.

It is understood the most substantial injuries sustained by Mr Deacy were to the head.

"He was found in the driveway of the house he had been staying in with his friends," Supt Healy said.

"He had been socialising in Kiltimagh town and would have returned to the house he was staying at in Gortnasillagh, Swinford," he added.

Gardaí are now investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of the man.

A post-mortem examination was carried out by the State Pathologist Professor Marie Cassidy and the death is being treated as a homicide.

A forensic examination of the scene has been carried out and an incident room has been established at Claremorris Garda Station.

A Family Liaison Officer has been appointed in the case.

Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information to contact Claremorris Garda Station 094-9372080 or the Garda Confidential Line.

Gardai initially reported the victim's age to be 31, but this has been amended to 21.

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