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Man arrested in connection with death of elderly man

Cork University Hospital
Cork University Hospital

A man has been arrested by Gardaí as part of their investigation into the death of an elderly man in Cork following an alleged fracas outside a pub.

The man was detained in the Kanturk area and taken for questioning into the circumstances of the death of Finbarr Lehane (65).

Mr Lehane died in Cork University Hospital (CUH) two weeks after he had sustained a serious head injury.

Mr Lehane of Banteer, Co Cork died in CUH on November 7 after having been in a medically induced coma for some time.

He had been admitted after sustaining a head injury on October 24.

It is understood he was confronted by an individual outside a pub who had exchanged words with him earlier in the evening.

While Mr Lehane initially appeared to be making a good recovery from his injuries, his condition deteriorated and he died two weeks later.

Gardaí requested the assistance of Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster.

The findings of the post mortem examination, which were withheld for operational reasons, are now dictating the nature of the garda investigation.

Detectives wanted to determine whether the man's death was directly linked to the injuries he sustained on October 24.

Gardaí also wanted to clarify whether the serious head injury sustained by the man was consistent with hitting his head off the pavement or whether it might have been suffered from a blow.

Statements have been taken from a number of people who were on Kanturk's main street at the time of the incident.

A number of people who witnessed the initial contact between Mr Lehane and the other individual have also been interviewed

A file on the matter will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Mr Lehane is survived by his wife Josie and adult children, Sean, Catherine, Janet, Siobhán and Michael.