Man arrested in connection with death in Celbridge released without charge

NewsBy Shuki Byrne
Noel Winterlich (Credit: The Herald)
Noel Winterlich (Credit: The Herald)

A man arrested in connection with the death of another man in Celbridge has been released without charge, gardai have said.

Noel Winterlich (36) is believed to have died during an incident while socialising at a house in Willowbrook Park at around 8.50pm on Tuesday evening.

A man in his 20s was arrested yesterday by detectives investigating the father's death. He was released this afternoon, a spokesperson said. 

A file will now be prepared for the information of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). 

Gardai were called to the scene just before 9pm on Tuesday as paramedics were working to save the man's life.

He had sustained serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 10.30pm. 

The suspect was arrested at the scene and detained at Leixlip Garda Station under Section 4 of The Criminal Justice Act. He is in his 20s and is from the Celbridge area, authorities said. 

The scene was preserved and was attended by the Deputy State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis and the Garda Technical Bureau.

Winterlich’s fiancee Dearbhla Leahy said his killing also brings back memories from 12 years ago of getting the news that her brother Finbar had been murdered in Thailand.

Speaking at her home in Hazelhatch, Dearbhla broke down in tears as her daughter played in the kitchen at her feet, oblivious to the tragedy that has hit them.

“He was a great dad and partner, and loved his daughter Amber, and she in turn was mad about him,” she added.

“It still hasn’t sunk in yet. I tried to tell Amber earlier that her daddy was gone to heaven but she doesn’t understand at all, so for the moment I’ve told her that daddy has had to go to work far away for a long time,” Dearbhla explained.

“Although he did have difficulties he fought those issues.

“Amber was his life and he adored her,” she said.

Winterlich had a number of previous convictions – including one in 2008 for biting a garda at Cork Street in Dublin.

The officer feared he could have caught HIV from him but was later cleared of any infection.

But Dearbhla said there is a lot of misunderstanding about HIV in Ireland and her partner had always tried to confront and deal with his own difficulties, especially with alcohol.