Sunday 26 January 2020

Gardai treating Cork body find as suspicious

Ralph Riegel

GARDAI are treating as suspicious the discovery of a man’s body beside a Cork city centre flats complex.

The body was discovered shortly before 6pm by the flats complex on Bachelor’s Quay just metres from the Gate Cinema and less than 100 metres from the Bridewell garda station.

A local resident was horrified to discover the remains as they were cleaning drains and chutes by the building yesterday (Monday) evening.

The body is understood to have been spotted underneath a chute and beside a large rubbish skip.

The body, that of an adult male, was partially covered and no wounds were immediately visible.

Detectives sealed off the scene last night to allow for a full examination by technical experts.

The body was scheduled to be examined at the scene last night by Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster.

The body will then be removed to Cork University Hospital (CUH) for a full post mortem at later today.

Last night, senior gardai said they were treating the death as suspicious but the precise nature of their investigation will be determined by the post mortem examination findings.

Gardai began questioning residents of the flats complex in a bid to identify the deceased and to determine if anyone heard or saw anything suspicious.

It is understood that the individual died in the last 36 hours.

Detectives are also set to examine CCTV security camera footage from the Bachelor’s Quay and North Main Street area in a bid to determine the last movements of the man.

The area features a large number of shops and restaurants and gardai stressed that it boasts amongst the greatest number of security cameras in Cork city centre.

Bachelor’s Quay, which faces onto the River Lee, is also extremely busy with pedestrians and motorists and gardai have appealed for anyone who may have spotted anything suspicious to contact them.

Locals last night expressed shock at the discovery.

“The first we knew about it was when we saw a lot of gardai around the place and they then started putting up the crime scene tape. I heard that it was the body of a man but no-one seems to know what is going on,” one local resident said.

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