Pensioner whose death is now at centre of murder probe named locally

Pensioner whose death is now at centre of murder probe named locally

A murder investigation has been launched after a man (74) was killed in a road collision involving a car and a farming vehicle.

Gardaí are investigating the circumstances surrounding the sudden death in North Kerry this morning.

The deceased has been named locally as Anthony O'Mahony (74), a life-long farmer who was very well known in the community.

He was involved in farming all of his life and the community has been left in shock following his death.

Officers were called to the scene of the collision in Rattoo, Ballyduff at 8.45am.

It is believed that a teleporter farm vehicle crashed into the pensioner's car. Despite desperate efforts by paramedics to revive the man, he was pronounced dead at the scene before he could be rushed to Tralee hospital.

Assistant state pathologist, Dr Margaret Bolster is due to attend the scene and a full post-mortem examination will take place in Tralee Hospital.

The teleporter driver was not injured in the incident.

Gardai have preserved the scene.

A man in his 60s was arrested and brought to Listowel garda station. Both men are known to each other.

The suspect is being held under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 and can be held for up to 24 hours.

A senior source said: "Gardaí have a suspect arrested on suspicion of murder, it is a murder investigation at this point.

"The state pathologist will give us a better idea of where this is going."

The rural road has been closed off the road and a full examination is underway.

A source said that the nature of the garda investigation will be determined by the results of the post mortem.

Anyone with information is asked to contact is asked to contact Listowel Garda Station 068 50820 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.