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due in court Man (30s) charged in connection with death of pensioner John O'Neill in Lisdoonvarna

The body of the pensioner, a well-known and respected B&B owner, was found at his Co Clare home

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John O'Neill

John O'Neill

John O'Neill

A man is due in court later this evening following the death of pensioner John O'Neill in Lisdoonvarna, Co Clare yesterday morning. 

The man, who is in his 30s, was charged by gardai following the discovery of the 78-year-old’s body at his home.

He is due to appear before a special sitting of Ennis District Court at 9.30pm.

“Gardaí have charged the man, aged in his 30s, who was arrested yesterday, Friday, January 7, following the discovery of a man’s body at a domestic residence in Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare,” a garda spokesman said.

“He is due to appear before a special sitting of Ennis District Court this evening, Saturday, January 8 at 9.30pm.

The body of the pensioner, a well-known and respected B&B owner, was found at his Co Clare home.

Dad-of-two John had only recently lost his wife, Christine, and was a much loved figure in the local community.

Gardai were alerted to the incident at around 8am on Friday by a phone call.

A garda spokesman said earlier a man had been arrested in connection with the incident.

"The man is currently detained in Ennis Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.

"The scene is currently preserved and a technical examination is being carried out by the Garda Technical Bureau. State Pathologist Margaret Bolster has attended the scene.

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"The body of the man has been removed to University Hospital Limerick where a post-mortem will take place. The results of this post mortem will direct the course of the investigation."

A source previously told the Sunday World: “The early indications at this stage is that foul play was a factor in this incident. This is a situation that appears to be very much more than a fall or something like that."

Gardaí commenced door to door inquiries in the area in a bid to determine the last known movements of the deceased.

Detectives appealed for anyone with any information in relation to the matter to contact Ennistymon Garda Station on 065 707 2180, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

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