Suspects held over brutal death of father of three
THREE men have been taken out of prison for questioning about the murder of a father of three who was savagely battered with a baseball bat and then set on fire.
The three suspects had been arrested previously as part of the garda investigation into the death of Thomas 'Toddy' Dooley (64) at his home in Edenderry, Co Offaly last February.
Officers were granted permission to take them out of the Midlands prison, where they were being held on unrelated charges, after fresh evidence became available in the Dooley case.
Two of the suspects were taken to Tullamore station and the third to Portlaoise. A file will be prepared later for the Director of Public Prosecutions, who will determine if criminal charges should be brought.
Gardai said last night they were not looking for anybody else in connection with their inquiries.
The grim details of the brutal attack on Mr Dooley emerged last night. A post- mortem examination by State pathologist Professor Marie Cassidy concluded that he died from blunt force trauma after being beaten repeatedly about the head and upper body at Sister Senan Court, a council estate for elderly people, in Edenderry.
Gardai have now established that he was battered with the baseball bat and then placed on a chair, with a cushion over his bloodspattered head, and set on fire. Officers said it was not clear whether Mr Dooley was still alive when his attackers started the blaze.