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Saturday 23 March 2019

Gardai launch investigation after man (40s) found dead in apartment

Ralph Riegel

GARDAÍ are keeping an open mind about the discovery of a man found lying dead in the stairwell of a Cork apartment complex.

The man, who is believed to be in his mid 40s, was discovered lying in the stairwell of an apartment block in the Cork harbour town of Cobh.

The discovery is understood to have been made late this afternoon by neighbours at the Harbour Hill complex who immediately alerted Gardaí.

He was pronounced dead at the scene before he could be transferred to Cork University Hospital (CUH) by paramedics.

Gardaí immediately sealed off the area to allow for a full forensic examination.

The Office of the State Pathologist was notified.

A full post mortem examination is expected to be conducted todayby Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster at CUH.

Garda sources have stressed that the nature of their investigation will be determined by the findings of the post mortem examination.

Until then, gardaí are keeping an open mind about the death though one line of inquiry is that the man, who is understood to have been of bulky build, may have suffered an accidental fall and sustained fatal injuries.

The identity of the deceased will not be formally confirmed until after the post mortem examination.

Gardaí have commenced inquiries in the area to determine the last known movements of the man.

He is understood to have been living in the flats complex for some time.

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