Wednesday 20 March 2019

Cavan man dies after 'attack' outside UK hotel

Declan Walsh: attacked
Declan Walsh: attacked

Martin Grant

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of an Irishman who they originally believed was murdered outside a UK hotel.

Declan Walsh (41), from Ballyconnell, Co Cavan, was found dead after an attack at the Elmhurst Hotel in Reading, just outside London, on Wednesday.

Police were called to the scene around 10am after reports that Mr Walsh had been assaulted by two men. The father-of-one was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two men, aged 28 and 38, were arrested in Reading. Detectives leading the investigation originally treated the incident as a murder and described it as a "targeted attack".

A post-mortem examination held on Thursday returned the cause of death as 'inconclusive', and the men were released without charge yesterday afternoon.

Detective Chief Inspector Kevin Brown, of the Thames Valley Police major crime unit, said his team was no longer treating it as a murder unless new evidence comes to light, but will continue to investigate the death.

Mr Walsh, a steel worker, had been living in the UK for more than 10 years. Mr Walsh's brother-in-law Donal Carlin said the family are heartbroken.

"The Walsh family are recovering from the recent death of Declan's father, retired garda Joe Walsh, and are once again devastated at this tragic loss of their son, brother and dad," said Mr Carlin.

He added the family are grateful for the support from the UK police, local gardaí and the Cavan community.

Irish Independent

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