Friday 22 November 2019

Irishman dies in car-jacking in Mozambique

Sarah Stack

AN Irish man killed in a suspected car-jacking in east Africa has been named.

William Deasy is believed to have been shot dead during a robbery on Sunday morning in the east African country.


The 32-year-old from Dublin Pike, near Kilcully, north of Cork city, worked with the engineering and construction company Kentz.


Family friend Jude O'Callaghan described the victim as a thorough gentleman who came from a close family.


His father Pat was heavily involved with Glen Rovers hurling club, where Mr Deasy and his brothers Paul and David played as children.


He is also survived by his mother Bina.


"He was a thorough gentleman," said Mr O'Callaghan, adult club secretary.


"It was a total shock to hear the tragic circumstances. Our sympathies and prayers go to his father, mother and siblings.


"They are a lovely family, a very close family.


"William hadn't played at the club since he was nine or ten, but his father played for years and was later involved coaching junior and intermediate teams."


Club chairman Dermot McAuliffe was due to visit the family tonight, he added.


The Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed it was offering assistance to his family, while the Irish Ambassador in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, is working with his employer.


Foreign Affairs Minister Eamon Gilmore said expressed his sympathy with the victim's family.


"It's a very sad occasion," said the Tanaiste.


"My thoughts are with his family and with his friends."


Kentz confirmed the death of a team member who was on project assignment in the African country, but would not confirm the circumstances of his death.


Mr Deasy did not die at firm's construction site at Moma Mineral Sands, but at another location in the region along the coast of northern Mozambique.


"The individual was a 32-year-old Irish man and his family have been informed. We are in close contact with them during this dreadful time," said a spokesman.


"We are deeply saddened by this tragedy and express our sincere condolences to the family, relatives and friends of our deceased team member.


"A full investigation is under way by local police authorities in Mozambique."


Kentz is a global engineering specialist solutions provider, which serves a blue chip client base primarily in the oil, gas, petrochemical, and mining and metals sectors.


Its main businesses are engineering, procurement and construction and employs over 14,000 people in 29 countries in some of the most remote locations on earth.

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