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Saturday 7 December 2019

Man's death in container deemed 'personal tragedy'

Gardai at the scene yesterday. Photo: Colin Keegan / Collins Dublin
Gardai at the scene yesterday. Photo: Colin Keegan / Collins Dublin

Gardai are treating the discovery of a body in a container on Dublin's northside as a personal tragedy.

The remains of the man, aged in his 40s, were found shortly before 11am yesterday near Balbutcher Lane, Ballymun.

Emergency services were notified and gardai attended the scene but the male was pronounced dead.

It is believed he had been in the container for some time before being found.

Wounds

Initially gardai believed the man had suffered knife wounds, but later examinations concluded that his death was not suspicious.

In the immediate aftermath of the discovery a large number of gardai attended the scene, which was cordoned off.

Members of the Garda Technical Bureau were also called in to carry out a forensic examination of the site.

The man's remains were discovered in the container on wasteland which is surrounded by metal railings.

Senior investigating officers also attended the scene following the discovery of the body.

Yesterday, the man's body was removed by ambulance to a local mortuary, with the metal railings forming a perimeter around the wasteland being moved to facilitate the removal.

A post-mortem examination was due to take place last night, and it was expected to confirm that the man's death was not suspicious but a personal tragedy.

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