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Two quizzed as body of man (63) is found at flats

GARDAI fear that a man whose body was found in an apartment complex may have been assaulted.

The 63-year-old man was discovered shortly before 10.30pm last night in the Scotch Marsh House complex in Scotch Quay, near Waterford city centre.

The man has been named locally as Joe O'Brien, from Spring Valley Gardens in Waterford.

Gardai immediately treated the death as suspicious and notified the State Pathologist's Office.

The body was still at the scene this morning before the arrival of a forensic team who were carrying out a preliminary examination.

A full post mortem examination will be conducted at Waterford Regional Hospital in Ardkeen later today.

A source stressed to the Herald that the nature of their investigation will be determined by the post mortem findings.

"At this stage we do not know how the man died - that will hopefully be revealed by the post mortem," he said.

Arrested

Two people have already been arrested in connection with the death - a 45-year-old man and a 34-year-old woman who were arrested in the Scotch Marsh area last night.

They were detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act and taken to Ballybricken Garda Station for questioning.

They can be held for a period of up to 24 hours.

Uniformed gardai began door-to-door inquiries today to determine if anyone heard or saw anything suspicious between 8pm and 10.30pm last night.

Gardai are also checking CCTV security camera footage from the area to determine all movements to and from the apartment complex.

Gardai have urged anyone with information to contact them at 051 305300.

The man's name will not be released until all relatives have been notified.

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