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Gardaí and forensic experts at the scene in Clontarf. Inset, a woman brings flowers

Gardaí and forensic experts at the scene in Clontarf. Inset, a woman brings flowers

Gardaí and forensic experts at the scene in Clontarf. Inset, a woman brings flowers

A MAN told gardaí, "I've killed my mother" before leading them to the gruesome scene inside his Dublin home over the weekend.

The victim, named locally as grandmother Neasa Murray (88), died following a violent assault in Clontarf shortly before 8pm on Sunday night.

Her son Brendan Murray (61) was arrested at the scene a short time later and was last night being quizzed by detectives.

Investigators are not looking for anyone else in relation to the murder inquiry at this time.

Sources told the Herald that Brendan Murray told gardaí, "I've killed my mother" after ringing emergency operators on Sunday evening.

When gardaí arrived, it's understood he led them into the downstairs room of his home at Kincora Court where his mother was lying.

Paramedics rushed to the scene but despite the best efforts of the emergency services Ms Murray was pronounced dead at the scene.

Her son was immediately arrested and held at Clontarf Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

Under the act a person can be held for up to 24 hours before a decision must be made whether to charge or to release them pending a file being sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Detectives were yesterday conducting door-to-door inquiries in the area as part of the investigation.

The officers, wearing PPE masks, spoke to neighbours and also examined inside the property where Neasa Murray was discovered.

It's understood Brendan Murray had lived at the detached red-brick property for some time.

His mother was living nearby at Kincora Drive and would visit her son's property daily to check up on him.

Her husband Charles Murray passed away in 2018 and it's understood the widow had been living in the house by herself.

The crime scene remained sealed-off yesterday as members of the Garda Technical Bureau carried out forensic examinations of the scene.

The grandmother's body was removed from the scene and a post-mortem examination was due to be completed yesterday evening.

Gardaí were satisfied following preliminary inquiries into the death that she died following a physical assault.

Locals said that Ms Murray had lived in the area for some time and that her son was also a resident there for several years.

One man said: "I didn't realise anything had happened until this morning. It's a quiet area and you would see (the son) going in and out of the house from time to time but he mostly kept to himself.

"It's tragic for something like this to happen, I don't know too much about the ins and outs of it but it just sounds tragic from what I've seen in the news."

Floral tributes were also left outside the detached home where Ms Murray's remains were discovered.

In a statement, a garda spokeswoman said that she "received fatal injuries as a result of the incident".

"A male, aged in his 60s, was arrested at the scene and is currently detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 in Clontarf Garda Station.

"Investigations are ongoing," the spokeswoman added.

Local Fine Gael Dublin City councillor Naoise Ó Muirí said the area where the woman's body was found was a quiet, residential area.

"Kincora Court is a small (housing) development. It's established and settled," he said.

"It's a long established area and people would be quite taken aback," he said.

"There would be a bit of concern about it locally," Mr Ó Muirí added.

Following the discovery, the scene was preserved and the office of the State Pathologist notified.

A source told the Herald that gardaí are not looking for anyone else at this time.

"This is an extremely tragic case, but there was nothing to suggest any history of violence in relation to the suspect.

"He hasn't come to the attention of gardaí previously although there may be a mental health aspect to this case.

"Detectives are not looking for anyone else in relation to the killing and do not believe there was anyone else involved," the source said.

Herald