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Monday 20 August 2018

Body to be exhumed as man says 'I killed her'

A WOMAN'S body is being exhumed from her grave today, more than 20 years after she died, to determine if she was murdered.

Margaret 'Margot' Seery (42) died in 1994 in a Dublin flat.

She was found dead in the property in Rathmines and, following examination, it was determined that she choked to death after a night socialising.

Nobody else was sought as part of the investigation as gardai did not believe any foul play had occurred.

However, during the summer a man walked into a Dublin garda station and claimed he killed the young Limerick woman.

The man, who is understood to have a history of psychiatric problems, brought detectives to the flat where Ms Seery died and outlined the events of the night to officers, including how he met the deceased and spent the evening socialising with her.

The middle-aged man's account tallied with information received in the 1994 investigation into her death. He claimed that he violently attacked her in the flat and strangled her to death. The Herald understands that the man was also questioned in a fully-recorded interview in a Dublin garda station after he came forward.

Gardai are treating the allegations extremely seriously and a full investigation is underway.

Authorities subsequently applied to the Justice Minister's department to exhume the remains for a full post-mortem examination. This was granted in recent weeks. Ms Seery's coffin will be taken from her grave in Rathkeale, Co Limerick.

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The Herald understands that Deputy State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis is expected to perform a post-mortem on the remains at the morgue at University Hospital Limerick.

Dr Curtis will attempt to determine whether Ms Seery died a violent death and if she was strangled, as is alleged by the man who claims he killed her.

The Director of Public Prosecutions will determine if a criminal case is warranted upon receiving all of the evidence.

Ms Seery's relative have been notified of what has occurred over recent weeks and are said to be extremely upset at the recent events.

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