Wednesday 13 December 2017

Gardai probe suspicious death as young man's body found in home

The house where Peter Murphy was found dead, near Bweeng, Co. Cork
The house where Peter Murphy was found dead, near Bweeng, Co. Cork

GARDAI are treating as suspicious the discovery of the body of a young man in Cork.

The man, named locally as Peter Kevin Murphy (36), was discovered at a property outside Bweeng in north Cork.

Gardai and Health Service Executive (HSE) paramedics were notified but the man was pronounced dead at the scene late on Saturday evening.

The initial cause of death was not immediately apparent and the State Pathologist's Office was notified. The man's remains were transferred to Cork University Hospital (CUH), where a full post-mortem examination was carried out last night.

The examination will also include detailed toxicology tests.

It is understood Mr Murphy died from internal injuries, though the precise cause of these is not yet known.

Gardai stressed that the nature of their investigation will be determined by the findings of the post-mortem examination, and they are keeping an open mind about the man's death. However, the death is being treated as suspicious.

Efforts are now under way to determine the last known movements of Mr Murphy.

He is from the Bweeng area and is understood to have been out socialising on Friday or Saturday.

The area where the man's body was found was sealed off pending a full technical examination by garda forensic experts.

The body was found on Saturday evening by a neighbour who had called looking for Mr Murphy.

It is understood Mr Murphy had been out of work lately.

He had previously been employed working in machinery repairs and as a handyman.

Locals expressed shock last night at the news of the death.

It is understood Mr Murphy was found at the property where he lived alone.

He was an enthusiast for both cars and motorcycles.


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