Saturday 18 January 2020

Gardaí launch murder investigation after discovery of woman's body in flat

  • Gardaí upgrade investigation to murder
  • Victim was found with severe head and neck injuries at 3am
  • Woman name locally as Nicola Collins (39)
  • Man (40s) being questioned by gardaí
  • Woman is from Cork but not native of the area where she was discovered
Nicola Collins
Nicola Collins
Gardai at the scene, Popham's Road, Cork where a woman's body was found Pic Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Ralph Riegel

GARDAÍ are treating the death of a woman in a Cork flat as murder and are now appealing for witnesses.

Nicola Collins (39) was discovered fatally injured in a house in the Farranree area of Cork city overnight.

Nicola Collins
Nicola Collins

It is understood she was found with severe head and neck injuries.

She was pronounced dead before she could be transferred to Cork University Hospital (CUH).

Gardaí attended the scene at Popham's Road after they received a call from a concerned local person.

A 42 year old man was arrested by Gardaí at the scene and is being questioned over the circumstances of the woman's death.

He is being questioned at Mayfield Garda Station and can be held for 24 hours.

The scene was immediately sealed off by Gardaí to allow for a full technical and forensic examination.

Experts from the Garda Technical Bureau attended the upstairs flat for a forensic analysis.

Uniformed Gardaí also began door to door inquiries to determine if anyone in the area had seen or heard anything suspicious.

They are also asking members of the public to contact them if they witnessed anything.

Anyone who can assist with the investigation can contact Mayfield Garda Station on 021 4558510, The Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station. 

The flat involved is located directly above the Gala XPress outlet on Popham's Road.

It is also located less than 30 metres from the busy Popham's Road post office.

The remains of the woman remained at the scene pending a preliminary examination by an official from the State Pathologist's Office.

Once the preliminary examination was completed, the woman's body was transferred to Cork University Hospital (CUH) for a full post mortem examination.

When the results of the post mortem examination by Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster became known shortly after 4pm, Gardaí under Supt Michael Comyn launched a murder investigation.

While the results of the post mortem examination are being withheld for operational reasons, it is understood to have confirmed Ms Collins met a violent death.

The woman had only been staying in the flat over recent times.

While from Cork, she is not native to the Farranree area and had been living in the Togher area on the other side of the city.

Locals expressed shock at the incident which has left the area deeply traumatised.

"I only live four doors down from the flat and it is a shocking thing to wake up to on a Monday morning," Councillor Ken Collins said.

"This is a very quiet area. There are a lot of elderly people living around here and it has shocked everyone.

"All I can say is that my thoughts and prayers go to the family of that poor woman."

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