GSOC investigating death of homeless man found on bench

GSOC are investigating the death of the homeless man in Nenagh
GSOC are investigating the death of the homeless man in Nenagh

The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) is investigating a situation where a homeless man in his early 60s died yesterday in Nenagh, County Tipperary.

Gardaí and an ambulance were called at approximately 7.30pm yesterday evening, when a man was seen slumped on a bench on Kenyon Street.

"Life was pronounced extinct just after 8pm and the man’s body was transferred to University Hospital Limerick," GSOC said in a statement. 

It was referred, as is routine procedure, to GSOC by the Garda Síochána because there had been contact between gardaí and the man before he died.

Gardaí report that they had observed him lying on the ground at Ballygraigue Road, Nenagh during the afternoon and gave him a lift to the Homeless Shelter on Kenyon Street.

The law states that there must be investigation by an independent agency when there has been death or serious harm to a person and there has been contact with a garda prior to this.

GSOC investigators travelled to Nenagh this morning.

The post-mortem was due to take place today but his death is not being treated as suspicious.