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Gardai to quiz mum left to die tied to bed

THE woman at the centre of a drama in which she was tied to a bed and left to die, is unlikely to be interviewed by detectives until next week.

Mum-of-two Collette Keane, who is in her 50s, is still recovering from her ordeal, which was discovered by accident when gardai went to inform her of the death by suicide of her partner Paul Timothy.

Englishman Mr Timothy (47) plunged to his death from the Cliffs of Moher on Wednesday evening.

Ms Keane, who is separated, was found assaulted, bound and gagged in her apartment at Anvil Court in Roscommon on Thursday morning after a SIM card retrieved from Mr Timothy's mobile phone led gardai to her home.

When gardai entered the couple's flat, they found Ms Keane tied to her bed.

Investigations are continuing in Roscommon in a bid to establish what led to the ordeal.

But for medical reasons, a one-to-one interview is unlikely before Monday.


Mr Timothy called a friend on his mobile phone and told him of Ms Keane's situation.

This information was not acted upon, and when discovered, Ms Keane was badly dehydrated and in a confused state.

She is still recovering in Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe.

Ms Keane is originally from Tipperary, but like Mr Timothy, had been living and working in Roscommon for some time.

He was originally from Manchester but had been living in Roscommon for about 10 years, working as a painter and general handyman.

He had travelled on a coach tour on Wednesday from Galway city to the Cliffs of Moher and was captured on CCTV walking in the city.

The alarm was raised after he failed to turn up for the return bus journey.

Gardai linked his SIM card to Ms Keane's address.