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Son to fly in for tragic father's cremation

A man whose body lay undiscovered in his home in Co Wexford for up to a month will be cremated today.

Philip Knight (52), a separated father of two, was found dead at the top of the stairs in his home on Monday evening.

The man's son will arrive in Ireland today with his partner to attend his cremation.

Originally from the UK, Mr Knight had moved to his home on the Charlton Hill estate in New Ross six years ago, and worked locally as a tradesman.

Gardai discovered his remains when they forced their way into the property.

Mr Knight's family has organised a memorial service to take place in New Ross on July 17.

Meanwhile, the next-door neighbour who called the gardai reporting a foul smell coming from the house has temporarily moved out of her own home.

A post-mortem was carried out at Waterford Regional Hospital yesterday, but gardai said there is nothing to suggest foul play was involved.

"It was evident the body had been there for some time, but no one can really say how long," a garda spokeswoman said.

"This will determine the nature of the investigation but at this stage there is nothing to suggest foul play was involved."

Locals were still coming to terms with the grim discovery yesterday, with some feeling a degree of guilt for not noticing something was awry.

"It's just devastating, and I know I speak for everyone when I say our thoughts go out to his family. He often disappeared for two or three weeks when he travelled to England. But he kept to himself and the only time people saw him was when he was walking home with shopping bags," said one neighbour yesterday.

In March, the body of a pensioner who died in a small terraced house in Wexford town over Christmas was discovered.

Irish Independent