Friday 20 July 2018

Gardai seize knife for forensic examination after discovery of man's body

Paddy Clancy and Paul Healy

Gardai have seized a knife for forensic examination after the discovery of a body of a 59-year-old man with stab wounds at his home.

The grim find was made at the man’s home at Holborn Street in Sligo at lunchtime yesterday.

He was identified locally as Martin Kivlehan, who lived alone in the apartment.

The scene is being examined this evening by Deputy State Pathologist, Michael Curtis, who arrived in Sligo shortly after 8pm.

The outcome of his initial inquiries are expected to determine whether the gardai should launch a murder investigation.

A knife found close to the body was taken away for forensic examination by members of the Garda Technical Bureau, who were called in by local investigators.

Meanwhile, the body was due to be removed to Sligo General Hospital for a post mortem examination by Dr Curtis.

The body was found at 1pm by a local man, who was visiting the apartment.

Mr Kivlehan, who was also known as Matt, is a member of a well-known family in the area and had worked in the past as a carpenter.

The scene was sealed off throughout the afternoon, pending the arrival of the forensic experts, while shocked neighbours gathered outside the apartment block, which is near the town centre.

Although a carpenter by trade and a specialist in cabinet-making, Mr Kivlehan is understood to have been out of work in recent years.

He is believed to have suffered from ill-health in recent times and had a chest illness.

One friend, who asked not to be named, said he was stunned by the sudden death of Mr Kivlehan.

“You could not ask to meet a more gentle person. I never heard Matt raise his voice to anybody in his life.

“He was a lovely warm man who used to do some work for me,” he added.

Publican Jackie Brennan, who owns the nearby Rendezvouz Bar, was also a friend of the late Mr Kivlehan.

“He was a wonderful musician and played a number of instruments, especially the guitar.

“He was the nicest fellow you could meet – a bit placid and timid,” he added.

Local councillor Seamus O’Boyle said that he knew Mr Kivlehan for over 30 years.

He said that he was well known within the community and was “a character that was very well respected within the community."

Gardai received reports that the stabbing occurred during a dispute. Nobody was arrested at the scene.

Gardai said they are awaiting the results of a post mortem examination.

Mr Kivlehan was one of a family of seven with three brothers and three sisters.

Gardai last night said they were investigating all the circumstances of the discovery of Mr Kivlehan’s body.

“The man was pronounced dead at the scene,” said a spokesman.

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