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'Man found dead in bin chute was a gentle giant'

THE family of a homeless man savagely beaten and then left to die in a rubbish chute described him as "a gentle giant".

Gardai are treating the death of the man who was recovered from under a refuse chute in the City Garden-North Gate House apartment complex in Cork city centre as an unlawful killing.

The body, discovered on Monday evening, is believed to be that of Liam Manley (62).

It was partially decomposed and gardai are now relying on dental records and DNA to confirm the identity of the remains.

Clothed in a beige jumper and beige slacks, the body was noticed by a cleaner inside an enclosed courtyard.

It is believed the remains were trapped for a period in a chute.

Mr Manley's sister, Mary, said her brother had been homeless for almost 20 years.

He had suffered from a long-term alcohol problem.

"We don't know if it is him. But Liam's a gentle giant – he wouldn't hurt anyone," she said.

She said her brother had had a difficult life, but was an gentle and caring soul.

"He wouldn't do wrong to anyone. He would never hurt anyone," she said.

The apartment complex remained sealed off as gardai questioned all residents of the 80-flat building.

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The garda probe has been complicated by the fact that the complex is home to a dozen different nationalities.

Technical experts also began a painstaking trawl of CCTV security camera footage from premises around the complex.

The area boasts one of the greatest concentrations of CCTV security cameras in Cork city centre and gardai believe the footage will now play a crucial role in their investigation.

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