Ex-Congo soldier killed with a brush

Barry Duggan

AN elderly former soldier was violently beaten to death in his home by an assailant armed with a broken brush handle.

Jimmy Boyce (72) suffered a horrific death in his Limerick city home after he was struck repeatedly across the head, face and neck, the post mortem showed. His assailant was armed with the improvised weapon.

Mr Boyce's body was found by gardai on Monday evening after his neighbours in St Mary's Park became concerned for his safety.

The murder victim was found in the upstairs bedroom of his small St Munchin's Street home.

It is understood that the room had been locked and gardai forced their way in.

No arrests have yet been made but gardai are satisfied with the progress of their investigations.

It is understood that gardai have spoken to a number of people, including one young man, who may yet prove crucial to their investigation. Footage from an extensive CCTV system in St Mary's Park is also being carefully examined by investigating officers.

Mr Boyce's brother and sister, David and Noreen are making their way home to Limerick from London for this weekend's funeral. He has other relations, including a nephew living in the Meelick, Co Clare.

A former Irish soldier with the 2nd/3rd battalion, Mr Boyce served with distinction as part of the United Nations forces in the Congo in 1961.