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No prosecution over conservation officer's death in mountains

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Louise Roseingrave

There will be no prosecution in relation to the death of a 64-year-old conservation officer who died while out walking his dogs.

Michael McCoy, of Ballinascorney Upper, Brittas, Co Dublin, was found dead at Blackhill Forest in the Dublin Mountains on September 30, 2016.

At a previous hearing at Dublin's Coroner's Court, pathologist Dr Linda Mulligan gave the cause of death as blunt force trauma to the head.

The father-of-three had been out walking his dogs near his home and failed to return.

Mr McCoy had left home early on the morning of September 29. The alarm was raised when he failed to return and a comprehensive search of the area began. His body was found on a forest track around 5.30am the following day.

One of his boxer dogs, Sophie, stayed with his body until mountain rescue services arrived at the wooded forest track.

A file was prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and criminal proceedings were contemplated, but ultimately the DPP directed no prosecution. Coroner Dr Myra Cullinane set a hearing date for November 22.

Irish Independent

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