Wednesday 29 January 2020

Gardai investigate suspicious death of man discovered unconscious on street in Cork

Cork University Hospital
Cork University Hospital

Ralph Riegel

GARDAI are treating as suspicious the death of a young man in Cork city centre who was discovered lying unconscious on the street with a severe head injury.

The 36 year old man, who was from Dublin but had been living over recent weeks in Cork, was discovered in a collapsed state on Patrick’s Quay at 10pm on Thursday night.

He was rushed to Cork University Hospital (CUH) where he underwent emergency surgery.

However, his condition deteriorated and he died early yesterday (Saturday) morning as a consequence of the head injury.

Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster conducted a full post mortem examination at CUH.

As a result of the post mortem, Gardai are now treating the death as suspicious.

It is believed the man may have been involved in an altercation earlier in the evening.

However, it is believed his head injury was sustained as a result of a fall rather than a blow.

The circumstances in which the man fell to the pavement are now the focus of the investigation.

Gardai have appealed for anyone who was in the Patrick’s Quay area between 9pm and 10.30pm on Thursday evening to contact Mayfield Gardai or the Garda Confidential Helpline.

Detectives are also examining CCTV security camera footage from premises in the area to determine the movements of the injured man and who may have been in his company.

There have been no reports of any assault or disturbance in the city centre at that time.

Gardai have declined to identify the young man until all his relatives have been traced and notified in Dublin.

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