Thursday 22 February 2018

Man (51) found dead in home was discovered by shocked partner

  • Man found with fatal injuries in his rented home
  • Victim named locally as John Ustic (51)
  • Mr Ustic discovered with visible injuries - including cuts and bruises
Gardaí sealed off a car park near the house. Photo: Provision
Gardaí sealed off a car park near the house. Photo: Provision
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

An English man was found with fatal injuries in his rented home just hours after apparently being the victim of an assault.

The death of the man, named locally as John Ustic (51), is being treated as suspicious by west Cork gardaí who stressed that their investigation will only be upgraded if a post-mortem examination indicates that the Englishman died as a result of an assault.

While Mr Ustic was found with visible injuries, including cuts and bruises, gardaí were concerned that these could also have been sustained in an accidental fall.

Mr Ustic, who had been resident in Ireland for a decade, was discovered unresponsive in a rented property off High Street in Skibbereen shortly before 9am yesterday.

He was discovered in the sitting room of the property he had only rented several weeks ago.

A quantity of blood was found by the body.

He had been living in the Skibbereen area since 2014.

Mr Ustic was discovered by his shocked partner who immediately alerted emergency services.

Despite desperate efforts to assist him, he was pronounced dead before he could be transferred to Cork University Hospital (CUH).

Gardaí immediately sealed off the scene to allow for a technical and forensic examination. Initial indications were that the man was involved in a fracas with a number of people on Sunday night.

A separate area, close to a car park, was also sealed off for examination by members of the Garda Technical Bureau.

It is understood the deceased may have attempted to flee from those who confronted him.

Gardaí were also trying to clarify if the man later got help from others in the area and was helped to clean himself up before he returned home.

A local person apparently found the man in a distraught state and is understood to have helped him back to his home.

Socialising

Two younger men were seen with the deceased earlier on Sunday evening and they appeared to be helping him home.

The man lived at a property less than 100 metres from the centre of the busy west Cork town and just a short distance from Skibbereen garda station.

Locals said the man, who had lived at a number of other addresses across west Cork, had been socialising in the town on Sunday evening.

The post-mortem examination will be conducted today at CUH by State Pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy.

Gardaí stressed that the nature of their investigation will be determined by the results of the examination.

Dr Cassidy conducted a preliminary examination of the Skibbereen scene at 5pm yesterday. There was no sign of a break-in at the man's home, though some furniture looked as if someone had stumbled against it.

Inquiries

Officers immediately began door-to-door inquiries in the High Street area.

Gardaí are also checking through CCTV security camera footage from nearby premises.

The investigation is being led by Supt Ger O'Mahony and detectives particularly want to talk to anyone who saw the man or who he was with from 7pm on Sunday.

Irish Independent

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