Friday 24 November 2017

Gardai probe suspicious death of man in house

An investigation is underway.
An investigation is underway.
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

GARDAí are investigating the discovery of the body of a man in Cork.

The man, named locally as Peter Kevin Murphy (36), was discovered at a property outside Bweeng in north Cork.

Gardaí and Health Service Executive paramedics were notified but he was pronounced dead at the scene late on Saturday evening.

The initial cause of death was not immediately apparent and the State Pathologist's Office was notified.

Mr Murphy's remains were later transferred to Cork University Hospital (CUH).

A full post mortem examination was carried out by Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster at CUH last night.

The examination will also include detailed toxicology tests.

It is understood that Mr Murphy died from internal injuries. However, further investigation is required to determine the cause of these.

Gardaí stressed that the nature of their investigation will be determined by the findings of the post mortem examination and, until then, they are keeping an open mind about Mr Murphy's death.

However, the death is being treated as suspicious.

Efforts are now under way to determine the last known movements of Mr Murphy.

He was from the Bweeng area and is understood to have been out socialising on Friday or Saturday.

The area where the body was found was sealed off pending a full technical examination by garda forensic experts.

The body was found on Saturday evening by a neighbour who had called looking for Mr Murphy.

It is understood Mr Murphy, who was an enthusiast for both cars and motorcycles, had been out of work lately. He had previously been employed working in machinery repairs and as a handyman.

Locals expressed shock last night at the news of the death.

It is understood Mr Murphy was found at the property where he lived alone.

The house is located approximately 5km outside of the village of Bweeng, which is around 40km from Cork city.

Irish Independent

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