'He died as the result of an assault' - Man (41) arrested following suspected murder in Dublin mountains
Gardai have arrested a man this evening having earlier opened a murder probe following the discovery of a man's body yesterday morning.
The dead man (64) was discovered close to a forest track on Ballinascorney Hill, near the Ballinascorney Rd Upper, Brittas, at around 6am yesterday morning.
The man, who is from the area, went missing after he went out for a walk with his dogs the previous evening.
However, he was reported to be missing by his family when he failed to return.
His body was discovered near a forest track by the Dublin Mountain Rescue and Glen of Imaal Rescue teams early yesterday morning.
The man appears to have suffered serious head injuries from a blow after an apparent assault.
Gardaí opened a murder investigation after a post mortem at Tallaght Hospital.
And they have since confirmed that a man (41) has been arrested in connection with the investigation and is currently detained at Tallaght Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.
Speaking at the scene today earlier, Garda Supt. Peter Duff from Tallaght Garda Station, said : "Gardaí at Tallaght are seeking the public's assistance as part of our investigations into the discovery of the body of a male here at the hill just off Ballinascorney Road, Brittas, County Dublin [Friday] morning at approximately 6am.
"We have established that this man was last seen on Thursday, September 29 when he left his home in the local area to go for a walk. When he didn't come home, his family became concerned. They themselves conducted a search for him.
"They [then] sought the assistance of the Gardaí and Gardaí conducted a search.
"However, due to the fact it was night time and very dark, we sought the assistance of Dublin and Wicklow Mountain Rescue services who came here yesterday morning at about 4am.
"At approximately 6am, two members of the Mountain Rescue service found a male in a laneway. The male was desceased.
Supt. Peter Duff added that the man was found to have suffered as the result of an assault.
He said: "A postmortem was carried out by the State Pathologist, Linda Mulligan. The preliminary findings of that postmortem have indicated the man died as a result of an assault."
RTÉ have reported that one of the deceased man's boxer dogs has made its way back to the family home, but the second is still missing.
Gardaí would like to talk to anyone who may have been in the hills of Ballinascorney Road Upper or on Ballinascorney Road upper itself between 6am on Thursday September 29 and 6am on Friday, September 30 who have information that can assist them in our inquires.
They have asked anyone with information to contact Tallaght Garda station on 01-666000 or the Garda Confidential 1800-666-111. The scene has been preserved for a forensic examination.