Saturday 14 December 2019

Forensic scientist arrives at Martin Clancy's flat in the hopes of finding killer's DNA

Martin Clancy
Martin Clancy

David Raleigh

Gardai investigating the murder of Martin Clancy in his Limerick home have requested the services of an forensic scientist, in the hopes of finding DNA belonging to Mr Clancy's killer.

The DNA expert, who is attached to Forensic Science Ireland (FSI) — an associated office of the Department of Justice and Equality — arrived today at Mr Clancy’s flat, where the victim’s body was discovered last Sunday.

The FSI official is conducting a full sweep of Mr Clancy's flat at Little O'Curry Street, as investigating gardai continued to conduct house to house enquiries in the local community.

Garda sources confirmed that a young female relative of Mr Clancy initially discovered his body Sunday evening after she had called to his flat at Little O’Curry Street.

The distraught female immediately alerted other family members who also arrived at the flat shortly afterwards.

Mr Clancy, (45), was originally from Moyross.

While Gardai have not released the results of his post mortem, it's understood he died from stab injuries.

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Daniel Nedelcu, a neighbour of Mr Clancy’s, told reporters on Monday that he entered Mr Clancy's flat unaware he had been killed, and said he saw what he believed to be blood on a floor and on walls inside the flat.

Mr Nedelcu, a Romanian national who has worked as an interpreter in Limerick, said he then left Mr Clancy’s flat after feeding the victim’s pet dog.

Superintendent Derek Smart, leading the murder probe, appealed for anyone who has information about the murder to contact gardai at Henry Street (061-212400), or the Garda Confidential Line (1800-666-111).

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Meanwhile, gardai also revealed that a FSI scientist has uncovered DNA which gardai believe belongs to the killer of Limerick pensioner Rosie Hanrahan.

The 78-year old’s body was found in her Thomondgate home on December 15th last, after an apparent break-in at the property.

Gardai are now liaising with Interpol in an attempt to find a DNA match after the sample did not get a hit from the national DNA database, which is operated by FSI.

In 2016 alone, 9,000 profiles from persons were added to the database, which identified 428 hits, and assisted 625 cases in the same year.

There are close to 100 people working at FSI, including mainly trained scientists and analysts, supported by administration staff.

Originally known as the Forensic Science Laboratory, FSI was established in 1975 to provide a scientific service to the Criminal Justice System by analysing samples submitted from crime scenes and providing expert evidence in criminal trials.

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