Saturday 17 February 2018

Horrified man discovers severed foot on Dublin beach

Portmarnock beach
Portmarnock beach

Ken Foy

A MAN out having a stroll on Portmarnock Beach made a grim discovery of a severed foot in a boot and immediately contacted gardai.

Gardai initially treated the find as suspicious and drafted in the deputy state pathologist Dr Michael Curtis and his team, who have concluded that there was no foul play involved.

Officers from Coolock Garda Station are now working on the theory that the severed foot belongs to a man who died in tragic circumstances in north Dublin earlier this month.

The severed foot was discovered at around 10am on Tuesday last week.

A number of tests have been carried out on the foot including DNA tests.

"Thankfully this is not a matter of foul play," a source said last night.

"Of course there were major concerns at the start, but this riddle is now almost solved."

The case brought up comparisons to the discovery of the arm of rapist James Nolan (46) from Finglas, which was found washed up on Dollymount Strand in the capital on February 8, 2011.

James Nolan's inquest heard last February that Nolan's arm was found by a man walking his dog.

Gardai said identification was confirmed using a DNA sample taken from the arm which matched a DNA profile on a UK police database.

State Pathologist Marie Cassidy said at the time that there appeared to be tattoos removed from the arm to prevent identification of Nolan's limb.

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