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29th Dec 2019

Gardaí appealing for witnesses following discovery of decapitated body outside derelict house in Cork

Rory Cashin

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The body was discovered on Saturday afternoon.

As reported yesterday (Saturday 29 December), Gardaí are investigating the discovery of the body of a man outside of a house in Cork at Boreenmanna Road in Cork City.

The house is reported to be derelict, with a local man raising the alarm upon discovering the body.

RTÉ have reported that the body was discovered decapitated and without arms.

No arrests have been made to date. The investigation is ongoing and further updates are to follow.

Speaking at the scene today (Sunday 29 December), Superintendent Michael Comyns made the following statement:

“The body is that of a male who has yet to be identified and although results of a post-mortem are pending we are treating the death as murder. The scene is currently preserved and a full forensic and technical examination is underway.

“The Coroner has been notified and a post-mortem is currently being conducted at Cork University Hospital by Dr Heidi Okkers, Office of the State Pathologist. An incident room has been established at Anglesea Street Garda Station and a senior investigating officer has been appointed.

“Gardaí are currently harvesting CCTV footage and carrying out door to door enquiries in the area. We are appealing to anyone who can assist us with our investigation to contact us. The discovery was made at a derelict site on Boreenmanna Road, along a busy traffic route in and out of the city centre.

“We are appealing to both motorists and pedestrians who may have been in the area since Christmas Day to come forward. We are particularly appealing to motorists to make any camera footage (including dash-cam) from the area available to us.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Bridewell Garda Station on 021 4943330, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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