Wednesday 29 January 2020

Gardai rule out foul play in death of 'a true gent'

Isabel Hurley

GARDAI investigating the death of a man found in a pool of blood outside his apartment door have ruled out foul play.

Detectives are not seeking to question anyone in connection with the death of Anthony 'Tony' Kelly, of Grove Court, Mullingar, Co Westmeath.

Mr Kelly, who is in his late 20s, was found dead in what were initially believed to be suspicious circumstances early on Monday morning.

A full technical examination of the scene was carried out and State Pathologist Professor Marie Cassidy conducted a preliminary post-mortem of the body at the scene.

The results of a full post-mortem carried out yesterday at Mullingar General Hospital led investigating officers to downgrade the probe.

Originally from Strabane, Co Tyrone, Mr Kelly managed the Spar shop in nearby Dominick Street. His friend, Gordon Carroon, described him as "a beautiful person'' that he would always love and miss.

One of his co-workers at Spar said "he was the most down-to-earth manager I have ever worked for. He was a true gent".

Friends said they would "never forget'' their friend, who was "always so kind and full of craic and style".

Long-time friends recalled a young man who "always had a smile'' while one described him poignantly as "the best guardian angel you could ever have".

Irish Independent

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