Monday 11 December 2017

Tied-up victim remains too traumatised to talk -- gardai

Colm Kelpie

DETECTIVES have still not been able to question a woman found bound and gagged in her home two days ago because she remains too traumatised from her terrifying ordeal.

Collette Keane was found in her Roscommon town flat in the early hours of Thursday morning tied to a bed after a SIM card retrieved from her partner's mobile phone led gardai to the property.

Paul Timothy had earlier plunged to his death after falling from the top of the Cliffs of Moher.

The separated mother of two yesterday remained in Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe, Co Galway, under medical care.

It is believed she had been tied up in the flat since Tuesday night.


Investigators have not been able to piece together all the facts behind the shocking events as they have not been able to question Ms Keane, given her condition. Officers hope to speak to her over the weekend.

Mr Timothy, originally from Manchester but living in Roscommon for about 10 years, was well known and worked as a handyman and painter.

It is understood the pair did not live together. Although gardai are working on the basis that two incidents are linked, shocked locals said there was no indication that Mr Timothy was troubled or having any difficulties.

"It is totally out of character for him," said one shopowner on the town's Main Street.

"He did odd jobs. He was a general tradesman and could turn his hand to virtually anything.

"Lots of people would have known him to see, he would have been living in the town for quite a number of years."

Ms Keane, believed to be from Co Tipperary originally, was found by gardai after they forced their way into her flat in Anvil Court at about 1am on Thursday.

Mr Timothy, who has extended family in the Roscommon area, had earlier taken a coach tour from Galway to the Cliffs of Moher but the alarm was raised when he failed to return to the bus. Local councillor Dominick Connolly said Ms Keane would have been known in the town.

"Anyone that knew (Mr Timothy) said he was just a lovely fella, a fierce nice fella. He did a lot of work around the place for people. He was held in high esteem around the town."

Anvil Court, a small estate just off Castle Street in the town, remained quiet yesterday.

A neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said he did not know the mother of two well, as they rarely talked.

"She is a very, very private person. She doesn't go out too much," he said.

It is understood the woman had worked in Tesco supermarket in Roscommon but had been on sick leave for quite some time due to a shoulder injury.

Irish Independent

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