Gardai investigate after man’s body found in drain
A Garda investigation is underway following the discovery of the body of a man who had recently been released from prison.
The body of the dead criminal may have lain in storm-drenched bogland for up to a week before it was discovered, detectives believe.
Gardai this evening formally identified the victim as 47-year-old Chritsy Daly.
A Garda source said: "He was well known in the area, as was his past and history. He would have picked up a number of enemies along the way."
Gardai are investigating if the man was murdered before the caravan was set alight in Clara, Co Offaly.
The body is understood to be that of a local man aged in his 40s who has been missing for around a week, however his identity has not yet been released.
There are indications that the victim suffered a violent death. He was recently released from jail having been handed down a six-year sentence in 2011 for false imprisonment.
It is understood that the mean was also questioned in relation to alleged sex offences in the past but there was no prosecution.
The discovery was made this morning in the townland of Kilbride at approximately 8.45.
Officers are investigating the cause of the death and the scene has been sealed off.
State Pathologist Marie Cassidy has been called to the scene, which has been sealed off pending a full forensic examination.
By Ken Foy, Crime Correspondent