Wednesday 17 January 2018

Murder probe into death of 'ordinary Joe Soap'

Paul Williams

GardaÍ have launched a murder investigation following a post mortem on the body of a man found with head injuries in west Dublin.

The body of the man, named locally as Kevin Molloy (42), was found in a pool of blood at his home at Glendhu Road in Cabra on Sunday morning. He is believed to have been dead for a number of days.

The gruesome discovery was made by relatives who had become concerned after they had no contact with him in recent days.

Gardaí believe Mr Molloy, who was single and unemployed, died from blunt force trauma to the head.

The extent of his injuries are such that DNA tests will be needed to positively identify him.

Last night detectives from Cabra Garda Station launched a murder investigation into the death of a man who they described as "an ordinary Joe Soap" who had never been in trouble in his life.

Sources say gardaí have not yet established the time of death, but that the victim suffered extensive injuries.

A spokesperson also said that they were awaiting the results of a DNA test to formally confirm the identity of the deceased, expected today.

Gardaí carried out a forensic examination of the house where Mr Molloy lived alone. It was also visited by State Pathologist Marie Cassidy.

Neighbours described Mr Molloy as being a quiet man who kept to himself and was rarely seen out in recent years.

Single and unemployed, he had lived in the house in Cabra for the past eight years.


Neighbours said they thought he was a former engineer or ran a business of his own, but he had become reclusive in recent years.

"It's terribly sad to think that this could happen. His poor family must be terribly distressed," said one local woman.

"I haven't seen Kevin since before Christmas, but he would come and go. You would never hear a peep from him. We certainly didn't hear any disturbance at the house or anything," the neighbour said.

Other neighbours thought Mr Molloy was originally from Cabra or Drumcondra. "You might see him late at night going into the house. I don't think I ever saw anyone else going in with him," said a local man.

Gardaí maintained a presence at the house overnight as officers carried out house-to-house enquiries in the area, which is a settled road on the outskirts of Cabra.

They said he had lived at the house for up to eight years, but was always a private man who caused no trouble or concern.

A garda source said: "This is now a murder investigation.

"The victim was an ordinary Joe Soap who lived a very private life and was never in trouble of any kind, it is a very tragic case but everything will be done to catch the person or persons responsible."

Irish Independent

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