Wednesday 22 November 2017

Investigation launched after death of a man (70s) in garda custody

GSOC confirm gardaí administered CPR after man 'became unwell with breathing difficulties'

Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

The Garda Ombudsman has confirmed that they are investigating the death of a man in custody.

The man, who was in his 70s, was discovered dead in a cell at Westport Garda station in Co Mayo at 11am.

The man was detained earlier today and sources have indicated he may have suffered a heart attack.

A spokeswoman for the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) has confirmed that a team is on their way to the scene where an investigation will be carried out.

A referral was made to the body under section 102 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005.

This evening GSOC released a statement about the incident.


A spokeswoman confirmed: "The Garda Ombudsman is examining the circumstances surrounding the death of a man in his 70s while in custody at Westport Garda Station, Co. Mayo.

"The incident was referred to GSOC by the Garda Síochána under section 102 of the Garda Síochána Act at about 12.30pm this afternoon.

"The man who was under arrest became unwell with breathing difficulties and CPR was administered by gardaí. A doctor and the emergency services were called and the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

"The State Pathologist has been informed and a post-mortem is scheduled to take place in Castlebar in the coming days.

"GSOC Investigators are at the scene and an independent examination is underway to establish the facts of the situation."

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