Friday 15 December 2017

Six help gardai with probe into woman’s death

Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

SIX people are helping gardai with their investigation into the death of a middle aged woman in a Cork city flat complex.

They were not formally arrested but will be making voluntary statements to gardai.

The body of the woman – who is in her 40s – was discovered in an apartment at Clifton Terrace off Summerhill North, about one kilometre from Cork city centre.

The discovery came shortly after 9.30pm on Wednesday evening after Gardai had received a 999 call.

The woman’s body was found at the foot of the stairs in the complex.

It is understood a group of people were socialising there.

A 33 year old man is assisting gardai with their inquiries while the other five individuals will also be questioned.

A quantity of alcohol had been consumed by the group.

Gardai are investigating to determine if the woman died after an accidental fall down the stairs or whether there may have been an assault before the fall.

The scene – which overlooks Kent railway station - remains cordoned off.

Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster is expected to conduct a full post mortem examination at Cork University Hospital (CUH) later today.

Mayfield Gardai stressed that the nature of their investigation will be determined by the post mortem examination findings.

Gardai said they are keeping an open mind about the matter.

The woman – who is not from the area – is understood to have been renting a flat at the complex for several months.

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