Suspect held after man dies following fatal assault
A MAN in his 20s has been arrested after another man died following a suspected assault at a canal bank in Co. Kildare.
The victim, named locally as Roy Hopkins, was found at Glenaree Bridge shortly after 9pm on Friday night and rushed to Naas General Hospital.
It is believed he may have suffered injuries after being attacked by someone known to him, according to Sunday World sources.
A nearby resident who asked not to be named said that the area has recently been plagued with anti-social behaviour and the use of scramblers on the canal path
Mr Hopkins was later pronounced dead at the hospital and a post-mortem is scheduled to take place to be conducted by the State Pathologist, said a garda spokesperson.
"Following inquiries by Gardaí, a man in his 20s was later arrested. He is currently being detained at Kildare Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984," it was added.
Yesterday, a Garda forensic team were at work in the rural area about two miles from Rathangan, following the death, which has left the community in shock.
"I am absolutely shocked to hear it," said local councillor Anne Connolly.
"My sympathies to go out to the two families, I'm gutted for them. It's a dreadful tragedy and an awful shock to everyone in the community."
"We have a fabulous community here in Rathangan - it's just a shock for every body, we don't like to hear things like that happening... it is just so, so sad."
Cllr Connolly. said she knows the family of the victim and "is devastated for them". "We have enough going on around us with the pandemic, the extra cases very close to us. Certainly the anxiety has risen considerably and then to get news like this in the morning is absolutely devastating," added Cllr Connolly.
Senator Fiona O'Loughlin, who is from the town, said that the dead man's mother has already had to endure tragedy in her life.
"It's a huge tragedy for Rathangan and the community with two local families involved. My deepest sympathy and thoughts go to Catriona Hopkins who very sadly lost her daughter a number of years ago," she said
Several comments about Mr Hopkins were being posted yesterday on social media paying tribute to him and offering condolences to his family.
"So so sorry for you loss my heart's breaking for you all what a lovely man we had great time for Roy r.i.p thinking of you all" wrote one friend." Another posted: "Can't believe this, a really lovely lad taken way before his time."
His mother Caitriona was also in people's thoughts with tributes such as: "Thoughts are with your mam and brothers" and "thinking of your mammy and all of you at this dreadful time."