Tragic dad-of-two may have lain dead for a month
THE body of a separated father-of-two discovered in a house in Wexford may have been there for up to month.
A post-mortem examination will be carried out on the remains of Philip Knight (49), who was found yesterday evening.
The alarm was raised by neighbours on the Charlton Hill estate in New Ross, Wexford, who had not seen the man for some time.
Gardai, who are not treating the death as suspicious, discovered him when they forced their way in to the property.
Neighbours in the terrace had noticed a foul odour emanating from the house.
They said they often saw him coming and going with his shopping and were aware that he was sometimes away for two or three weeks at a time.
One neighbour missed him before and left a message enquiring about him on his phone. He replied saying he had been visiting relatives in England, according to reports today.
A Garda spokeswoman said the body was removed to Waterford Regional Hospital for a post-mortem examination.
"This will determine the nature of the investigation but at this stage there is nothing to suggest foul play was involved," she added.
In March, the body of a pensioner who died in a small terrace house in Wexford town centre over Christmas was discovered.
A woman passing the house in Lower John Street noticed a Christmas tree with lights on and called gardai.