Saturday 24 February 2018

Gardai await post-mortem results after elderly man dies in hospital two weeks after altercation

Cork University Hospital
Cork University Hospital
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

Gardaí said the nature of their investigation into head injuries sustained by an elderly man in Cork will be guided by the findings of a post mortem examination.

The man, in his 60s, died in Cork University Hospital (CUH) a fortnight after he was rushed to hospital following an alleged altercation outside a pub in Kanturk, Co Cork.

The elderly man had sustained serious head injuries in the incident which occurred in the early hours of October 24.

While the man initially appeared to be making a good recovery from his injuries, his condition deteriorated over the past week and he died yesterday.

Gardaí have now requested the assistance of Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster.

The findings of the post mortem examination, which will be conducted today, will now dictate the nature of the garda investigation.

Detectives want to determine whether the man's death is directly linked to the injuries he sustained on October 24.

Gardaí also want to clarify whether the serious head injury sustained by the man was consistent with hitting his head off the pavement or whether it might have been suffered from a blow.

Statements have been taken from a number of people who were on Kanturk's main street at the time of the incident.

A file on the matter will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

The deceased is from the north Cork area and had apparently been socialising in Kanturk when the incident occurred and he suffered serious head injuries.

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