Monday 17 December 2018

Woman found dead in flat 'was not the victim of foul play'

Deborah Holmes
Deborah Holmes

Ken Foy and Conor Feehan

The death of a 42-year-old Dublin woman who was found with a head injury in a Rathmines flat is not being treated as a homicide by gardaí.

Gardaí yesterday ruled out foul play in the case after getting the results of a post-mortem on the body of the woman, named locally as Deborah Holmes.

A Garda investigation took place after she was found dead in her home on Rathmines Avenue at 12.40pm on Tuesday.

However, senior sources say that Ms Holmes's death is no longer being treated as suspicious.

Detectives had been examining an argument that Ms Holmes had with a female, but this female is not a suspect in the case.

It's believed that the injury that the woman suffered to the back of her head is consistent with a fall.

It is understood Ms Holmes had suffered from severe underlying health issues, which may also have been a factor in her death.

Ms Holmes was last seen alive at 12.30pm on Christmas Day and she is believed to have died a number of hours afterward.

"It's a sad loss regardless, to be found dead like that just after Christmas, but I hope she didn't have a violent death," said a close neighbour.

Ms Holmes comes from an extended family that lives in the Rathmines and Ranelagh area in Dublin.

Relatives did not wish to comment when approached yesterday afternoon.

Irish Independent

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