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Man (30s) arrested after pensioner's body in home in Lisdoonvarna

The deceased was discovered after friends, neighbours and relatives became concerned about his welfare
Gardaí are investigating the discovery of a man's body (70s) Photograph. Press 22

Gardaí are investigating the discovery of a man's body (70s) Photograph. Press 22

Niall Donald and Ralph Riegel

Gardai have arrested a man in his 30s after a pensioner's body was discovered earlier this morning at a home in Lisdoonvarna, Co Clare.

Detectives launched an investigation after the body of the man, who is in his 70s, was found in his property at St Brendan's Road.

A garda spokesman said a man has now been arrested in connection with the incident for offences under the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act, 1997.

"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.

"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."

The deceased was discovered after friends, neighbours and relatives became concerned about his welfare.

Gardai said the nature of their investigation will be directed by the post mortem findings.

However, the pensioner's death is now the focus of a criminal investigation.

A source has claimed that gardai will investigate if the man met a violent death.

“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," the source claimed.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene after Gardaí and paramedics were alerted and raced to the St Brendan's Road property on Friday morning.

Officers immediately preserved the scene and a full forensic examination was carried out by the Garda Technical Bureau.

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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