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Thursday 24 January 2019

Garda still holding man in search for pub killers

GARDAI were today continuing to question a man about withholding information on the murder of schoolteacher and publican John Kenny.

The man, a foreign national, was arrested by gardai investigating Mr Kenny's death at an address in Galway city on Wednesday evening and taken to Mill Street Garda Station.

He was being held under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act, which allows officers to hold him for 72 hours without charge.

Gardai believe Mr Kenny's killers had been on his Oughterard licensed premises earlier on Saturday night. He was beaten to death after being surprised by two men as he was locking up the pub in the early hours of Sunday.

Mr Kenny (56) was about to retire to his home over the pub when he was attacked. The killers stole cash from the premises.

Over the past few days gardai have been slowly building up a picture of the final minutes of Mr Kenny's life and have been analysing the forensic evidence gathered from the scene of the murder in a back room at the pub. Gardai have also been tracking down customers who were in the pub on Saturday night and interviewing them individually.

The premises was not ransacked and there was no sign of a break-in, leading gardai to believe the raiders were concealed at the rear of the pub as Mr Kenny was closing it.

He was given what was described as "a bad beating" and this was confirmed by the post-mortem exam by State Pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy.

Mr Kenny's body was not found until Sunday afternoon and remained at the scene for examination until Monday, when he was removed to hospital. Gardai have appealed to anyone who was in the pub, and who has had not yet come forward, to contact them at Oughterard station.

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