Monday 20 May 2019

Murder arrest after body found in house

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Alan O'Keeffe

Gardai have launched a murder investigation following the discovery of the body of a young man in a house in Sligo.

The body of the 20-year-old, who is believed to have been the victim of an assault, was found in the house in Connolly Street at 1.30pm yesterday. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Office of the State Pathologist was notified and the scene was cordoned off as a garda technical team carried out a forensic examination of the area.

Traffic was diverted from the street yesterday afternoon as the murder investigation got under way.

A 31-year-old man was arrested a short time later in connection with the investigation.

He was being detained for questioning at Ballymote garda station.

Members of the local community expressed sadness yesterday at the death of the young man.

"People are very shocked by what has happened," said a local businessman.

"The entirety of Connolly Street has been blocked off.

"The house was rented to a number of young people."

The man said people had heard that the victim may have been struck on the head with an object.

It is believed a wheel brace may have been used as a weapon during the assault.

Gardai are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed an assault or anyone with information to contact Sligo garda station on 071-9157000, the Garda Confidential Line on 1 800 666 111 or any garda station.

Meanwhile, a post mortem examination was completed yesterday on the body of a 71-year-old man found dead in Co Donegal.

The body was found in a house in the Garryharry area of Letterkenny on Thursday night.

The alarm was raised when a car associated with the deceased man was found abandoned earlier in the nearby Kirkstown area.

A garda forensic team conducted an examination of the property.

The post mortem found there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the pensioner's death.

Sunday Independent

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