Monday 18 December 2017

Man killed in assault was looking for a home

Patsy Kelly who died after an assault in Naas
Patsy Kelly who died after an assault in Naas

Sam Griffin

A man who died following an apparent assault had been homeless for years and had been actively trying to find somewhere to live.

There has been an outpouring of grief following the sudden death of Patsy Kelly (58) from Naas in Co Kildare.

Mr Kelly, known locally as 'Bud', was known throughout the town but had severe problems with alcohol.

He died on Saturday night after an alleged assault in the Sarto Park estate in Naas. It is understood he had been drinking with others in the estate beforehand.

Emergency services were called to the scene and he was rushed to Naas General Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

A post-mortem examination will now be carried out to establish the exact cause of death.

Gardaí in Naas have arrested one man aged 35. He was detained at the scene and was yesterday being held under Section Four of the Criminal Justice Act.

They will also investigate if Mr Kelly fatally hit his head when he fell to the ground after the altercation.

Mr Kelly was very well known in the area and described as a "real character... harmless and lovable".

He was particularly well-known among local representatives, who had been trying to find Mr Kelly a home.

Fine Gael councillor Darren Scully said the death was "desperately sad" and that Mr Kelly was a real character on the streets of Naas.

"He was always very good-natured and very friendly and nobody would have a bad word to say about him," said Cllr Scully.

"He was having problems finding a home and myself and other public representatives were trying to help him.

"He wasn't necessarily sleeping rough in that he would have had some friends and family. But he had no place to call home."

Dozens of others paid tribute to Mr Kelly on a Facebook page which was set up about him some years ago. One user wrote: "RIP pal. The town has lost a gentleman and a hero. Hope you're at peace."

It is understood Mr Kelly had some siblings in the Naas area, and was a father of one from a previous relationship.

The area where the assault occurred was sealed off to allow for a forensic examination.

Gardaí have issued an appeal for anyone with information to contact them on the confidential phone line 1800 666 111 or at any garda station.

Irish Independent

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