Friday 20 April 2018

Gardai investigating fatal shooting of keen hunter arrest man for questioning

Diarmuid Byrne
Diarmuid Byrne
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

A middle-aged man has been arrested for questioning in relation to the circumstances in which a keen hunter sustained a fatal gunshot wound.

Diarmuid Byrne died following the discharge of a pump action shotgun at his home on Plunkett Road, Ballyphehane in Cork on April 26 last.

Initial reports indicated that Mr Byrne, a keen hunter and outdoor pursuit enthusiast, died when his weapon accidentally discharged as he was inspecting it in preparation for a hunting expedition.

Mr Byrne sustained massive trauma injuries to his head, neck and upper torso.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

However, Gardai stressed that their investigation would be directed by the results of the post mortem examination and a detailed forensic and ballistic inspection of the scene.

A 44 year old man was arrested today in Cork under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

It is understood the arrest was undertaken on foot of gardai wanting to clarify specific elements of the circumstances surrounding Mr Byrne's death.

The man can be held for an initial period of 24 hours at Togher Garda Station.

Gardai must then decide whether to release or charge the man.

Nicknamed 'Byrnsie', the deceased was well known for his love of hunting.

The weapon involved in the fatal shooting was legally held.

Originally from Waterford, Mr Byrne had been living in Cork for the past decade.

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