Murder investigation launched following death of Monaghan man in coma 2 years ago

Murder investigation launched following death of Monaghan man in coma

A 34-year-old man has been arrested.

Gardaí have launched a murder investigation into the death of Monaghan man Seamus Bell following a post-mortem examination on Saturday afternoon.

The 36-year-old, who was left in a coma after an alleged assault in January, was pronounced dead at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda on Saturday evening.

The father-of-three, a fitness and health instructor, hailed from Foxfield in Carrickmacross, County Monaghan.

Mr Bell had been residing in hospital since the alleged assault at Main Street, Carrickmacross, on 20 January of this year.

Professor Marie Cassidy carried out a post mortem this afternoon. The results of which, led Gardaí to announce that they were now investigation a murder.

34-year-old Vytautas Racys was arrested on 21 January in connection with the investigation.

He was charged with assault causing harm under Section 3 of the non fatal offences against the persons act.

Racys is currently in custody in Cloverhill Prison and is due to appear in court on 21 June.