Sunday 16 June 2019

'We believe people have information and have not yet come forward' - Crimestoppers appeal over death of tourist

Joseph Deacy
Joseph Deacy
Kathy Armstrong

Kathy Armstrong

People are withholding information about the death of a tourist here last summer, gardai believe.

Talented GAA player Joe Deacy (21) was found with serious head injuries in the driveway of the house where he was staying in Swinford, Co Mayo on August 12 last.

Joe, who was from St Albans in the UK, was rushed to Mayo University Hospital after a passing cyclist raised the alarm, he was later removed to Beaumont Hospital and he was tragically pronounced dead on the evening of August 13.

Gardai and Crimestoppers have issued a fresh appeal for information about Joe's death.

A garda spokesperson said in a statement: "Gardaí are making the following appeal; Did you see anyone or any vehicle in the vicinity of Gortnasillagh or the N5 between Swinford and Bohola on Saturday 12th August between 2.30am and 7am.

"Have you any information that could assist the investigation team?

"Gardaí are appealing to the community and would like to thank them for their assistance so far, however Gardaí believe that people in the community have information and have not yet come forward."

Crimestoppers Chairman Tim Dalton also stressed that people are able to give information anonoymously.

Crimestoppers are appealing for information about the death of tourist Joe Deacy
Crimestoppers are appealing for information about the death of tourist Joe Deacy

Mr Dalton said: "Members of the public can call Crimestoppers with potentially valuable information about any crime without leaving their name or personal details.

"The ability to give information anonymously can be an important incentive and could help solve a case and secure a conviction."

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Crimestoppers on 1800 25 0025.

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