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Monday 15 October 2018

'He was a great father' - wife of man killed in 'one-punch' attack horror

Gardai have high-quality CCTV from the scene of the assault
Gardai have high-quality CCTV from the scene of the assault

A man who died after a suspected 'one-punch' attack in Bray at the weekend has been described as a great father by his wife.

Vincent Kelly (45) was found unconscious with a serious head injury outside the Royal Hotel in Bray, Co Wicklow, in the early hours of Saturday.

He was rushed to Beaumont Hospital but was pronounced dead yesterday morning.

Mr Kelly, a dad to a number of young children, lived in Newtownmountkennedy, in Co Wicklow.

His wife, Heather McCullagh Kelly, told the Herald that she was too upset to speak.

However, she paid tribute to Mr Kelly as "a great father to his children".

Devastating

They had only been married since last August, according to local sources.

Gardai are now investigating "all aspects of the incident to establish the facts".

Early indications are that Mr Kelly was attacked outside the hotel. The incident followed an altercation that had taken place within the premises a short time earlier.

It is understood that Mr Kelly may have been killed by a so-called 'one-punch' attack and that his devastating injuries were not caused by a punch, but from hitting his head as he fell from the blow.

Vincent Kelly was found unconscious with serious head injuries outside the Royal Hotel in Bray
Vincent Kelly was found unconscious with serious head injuries outside the Royal Hotel in Bray

High-quality CCTV from the scene of the assault has resulted in a chief suspect being nominated by gardai. However, no arrests had been made by last night.

This suspect has a previous criminal conviction for drug possession for sale or supply.

He is also the brother of a notorious criminal who has killed in the past and is serving time for manslaughter, and who is said to be the main organiser of the drug trade for Bray and surrounding areas.

A post-mortem examination was due to be carried out on Mr Kelly's body yesterday.

On his Facebook page, Mr Kelly said that he studied art at the Bray Institute of Further Education and was a former pupil at St Kilian's Community School.

Mr Kelly's death comes less than a week after the murder of Bobby Messett, and the injuring of Katie Taylor's father Pete and another man, Ian Britton, at the Bray Boxing Club on Tuesday morning last week.

Spotlight

The two incidents are unrelated, but they have twice brought the seaside town under the spotlight of negative publicity.

Witnesses, or anyone who has any information, is asked to contact Bray Garda Station on 01-666 5300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any garda station.

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