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Thursday 24 May 2018

Gardaí treating death of man (50s) as suspicious

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Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

GARDAÍ are treating as suspicious the death of a man in west Cork.

The man, who is believed to be in his early 50s and a foreign national, was discovered in a property in Skibbereen in west Cork shortly before 9am today.

He was pronounced dead before he could be transferred to hospital.

Gardaí immediately sealed off the scene near High Street to allow for a full technical and forensic examination.

Initial indications are that the man may have been involved in a fracas with a number of other individuals sometime earlier in the evening.

A separate area, located close to a car park, was also sealed off by Gardaí for examination.

The man's body will be removed to Cork University Hospital (CUH) for a full post mortem examination.

His property is located less than 100 metres from the centre of the busy west Cork town and just a short distance from Skibbereen Garda Station.

The examination will be conducted by State Pathologist, Dr Marie Cassidy.

Gardaí stressed that the nature of their investigation will be determined by the results of the post mortem examination.

However, the post mortem examination is not expected to commence before 5pm this evening at CUH.

Officers commenced door to door inquiries in the area to determine if anyone saw or heard anything suspicious.

Gardaí are also checking CCTV security camera footage from nearby premises as part of their investigation.

It is understood the man, who is not an Irish national, has been resident in west Cork for a number of years.

He is believed to have been living at the address where his body was discovered for some time.

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