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Murder probe begins after home assault victim dies

A MURDER investigation was under way last night following the death of a 48-year-old man who died after being assaulted in his home.

Joe O'Donnell from Hyde Road in Limerick lost his battle for life at Mid-Western Regional Hospital at the weekend. Gardai confirmed last night they had upgraded their inquiry to a murder investigation after a post mortem revealed Mr O'Donnell had died as a result of injuries suffered in the assault.

Mr O'Donnell was rushed to hospital after he was found unconscious at his home at 11am last Friday. Gardai had been called to the house earlier that morning following a disturbance at around 3am during which a window was damaged.

However, they were assured by the occupants of the house that everything was fine, and they left the scene.

It's believed the incident at the house, during which Mr O'Donnell suffered serious head injuries, was connected to a domestic dispute.

A 22-year-old man who was known to Mr O'Donnell was arrested by gardai. He was detained at Roxboro station but released without charge at 11pm on Saturday night. A file is being prepared for the DPP.

Deputy state pathologist Khalid Jabbar carried out a post mortem on Mr O'Donnell's body yesterday which confirmed he had died as a consequence of the assault.

Irish Independent