Saturday 24 February 2018

Murder investigation launched following death of man (59) at south Dublin house

Man found dead in suspicious circumstances has been named locally as Desmond Sullivan

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Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

A man who was found dead in suspicious circumstances in a house in Rathmines on Monday night has been named locally as 59-year-old Desmond Sullivan.

Gardai have arrested another man after Mr Sullivan was found unresponsive in his house on Summerville Park, off the Upper Rathmines Road, in Dublin.

Gardai had received a call at approximately 11.30pm on Monday that an incident had occurred at the terraced house in south Dublin.

They, along with Dublin Fire Brigade, attended the scene and Mr Sullivan was pronounced dead at the scene.

The body remained in the house until yesterday morning while the building was sealed off and preserved for examination by members of the garda technical bureau.

State Pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy attended yesterday morning and later carried out a post mortem on the body at the City Morgue, Marino.

Based on the results of that post mortem, gardai have now launched a full murder investigation.

The cause of death is not yet known.

A 67-year-old man was arrested yesterday morning in Dublin in connection with the incident and is currently being detained at Rathmines Garda Station.

He is being held under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

Summerville Park is a small cul de sac of terraced period red-brick homes.

Neighbours were reluctant to comment today except to say that Mr Sullivan had lived on the street for many years and was a quiet and reserved man.

“We don’t even know what happened. It’s hard to believe. It’s a very quiet street, but nobody seems to have heard anything or know anything about what happened,” said one local resident.

“The first we knew about it was when we saw the emergency services and the gardai.

“It’s very sad, really. Nothing like this has happened here before,” said another.

A woman who was a friend of Mr Sullivan’s called to the house this morning, but was too distressed to talk about him or what had happened.

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