Tuesday 12 November 2019

Woman arrested for questioning over death of pensioner after body discovered in his front garden

Eimear Ni Bhraonain

GARDAI are quizzing a woman suspected of suffocating a pensioner who was found dead in his front garden.

Detectives are expected to launch a murder inquiry later today after a post mortem is completed on the body of Walter Plunkett (78).

Mr Plunkett of Ballyrea, Ballyedmond, Gorey, Co Wexford was discovered dead at his home some hours after he expressed fears for his safety.

It's understood the elderly man knew his killer who had made threats against him in the past.

Officers who called to the scene in Ballyrea arrested woman, in her early 50s shortly after the victim's body was found at 4.30pm yesterday.

Mr Plunkett may have been suffocated, however, a post mortem has yet to confirm the cause of death.

It's understood Mr Plunkett had told neighbours that he feared for his safety hours before his death and Enniscorthy gardai were alerted to his home.

Officers arrived at the scene where they found the elderly man's body lying in the front garden of his private dwelling, which is situated on its own site, about 150m off the main Wexford to Gorey road.

The emergency services were alerted but medical personnel pronounced the man dead at the scene.

Gardai immediately sealed off the house while traffic from the main road was diverted. A small tent was erected over where the body lay in the garden at the front of the house, while gardai maintained strict security on the approach road towards the house, and at the front gate entrance.

As word of the man's death spread through the rural locality, neighbours gathered near the house. They were shocked on hearing of the death of the man who they described as a "quiet" and long standing neighbour of theirs.

Irish Independent

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