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Friday 2 December 2016

Tributes for 'harmless, lovable' homeless man killed in attack

Victim Patsy Kelly
Victim Patsy Kelly

A man who died following an assault had been homeless for years and had been actively trying to find somewhere to live.

There has been an outpouring of grief following the violent death of Patsy Kelly (58) from Naas in Co Kildare.

Mr Kelly, known throughout the town as 'Bud', had severe problems with alcohol. He died on Saturday after an assault in the Sarto Park estate in Naas.

It is understood he had been drinking with others in the estate when a row broke out between him and at least one member of the group. Gardai are investigating if he sustained head injuries in the incident.

He was rushed to Naas General Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. A post-mortem will be carried out.

Gardai in Naas later arrested one 35-year-old man. He was detained under Section Four of the Criminal Justice Act.

Character

Sources said the man may have been known to Mr Kelly, who was a "real character" and "harmless and lovable".

Local Fine Gael councillor Darren Scully said the death was "desperately sad".

"He was always very good-natured and very friendly, and nobody would have a bad word to say about him," he said.

"He was having problems finding a home and myself and other public representatives were trying to help.

"He wasn't necessarily sleeping rough, in that he had some friends and family. But he had no place to call home."

Dozens paid tribute to him on a Facebook page. One user wrote: "RIP pal. The town has lost a gentleman and a hero. Hope you're at peace."

It is thought Mr Kelly had some siblings living in the Naas area and also had a child from a previous relationship.

A forensic examination by gardai took place at the scene yesterday.

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