Friday 24 November 2017

Man held for questioning in pub killing

Tom Brady Security Editor

A FOREIGN national who was arrested by gardai investigating the murder of Co Galway publican John Kenny was being questioned by detectives last night about allegedly withholding information about the crime.

The man was detained by detectives at an address in Galway city on Wednesday evening and taken for questioning to Mill Street station in the city.

He was being held last night under section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act, which allowed officers to hold him for up to 72 hours without charge.

Gardai believe that Mr Kenny's killers had been on the Oughterard premises earlier on Saturday night.

He was beaten to death after being surprised by two men as he was locking up the pub in the early hours of Sunday.

Mr Kenny (56), who was also a schoolteacher, was about to retire to his residence over the pub when he was attacked. The killers stole a sum of cash from the premises.

Over the past few days, gardai have been slowly building up a picture of the final minutes of Mr Kenny's life and analysing forensic evidence gathered from the scene of the murder in a back room at the pub.

Gardai have also been tracking down customers who were in the pub on Saturday night and interviewing them individually.

The premises was not ransacked and there was no sign of a break-in, leading gardai to believe that the raiders were concealed at the rear of the pub as Mr Kenny was closing it.

He was given what was described by gardai as "a bad beating" and this was confirmed by the post-mortem examination, carried out by state pathologist Professor Marie Cassidy.

Mr Kenny's body was not found until Sunday afternoon and remained at the scene for a preliminary examination until Monday, when he was removed to the local hospital.

Gardai have appealed to anybody who was in the pub on Saturday evening or night and has not yet come forward to contact them at Oughterard station, tel 091 557320.

Irish Independent

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