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Sunday 22 April 2018

Woman (42) found dead with head injuries in flat

Gardai at the scene of Deborah Holmes’ flat in Rathmines, where she was found dead yesterday afternoon
Gardai at the scene of Deborah Holmes’ flat in Rathmines, where she was found dead yesterday afternoon

Gardai last night launched a probe after a Dublin woman was found dead in her flat in Rathmines just after midday yesterday.

The victim, named locally as Deborah Holmes, was discovered in the hall area of her flat with severe head injuries and a post mortem will be carried out this morning to establish how she died.

Sources have confirmed to the Herald that gardai are investigating whether Ms Holmes was the victim of foul play, but have not ruled out the possibility that the horrific injuries were the result of a fatal fall in her home.

Concerned

The 42-year-old was discovered after a neighbour became concerned for her welfare and contacted gardai.

She was then found dead in her home on Rathmines Avenue at 12.40pm.

Several members of the Garda Technical Bureau were working at the scene last night, where the woman's body was discovered.

A first-floor flat in the large Dublin City Council flats complex was sealed off by garda officers. The flat was undergoing an intensive examination by the specialist gardai.

A garda van remained at the flats complex throughout the evening as uniformed gardai and detectives conducted door-to-door inquiries in the vicinity.

Members of the local community expressed shock and sadness at her sudden death.

A woman living in the same building said it was "horrible" to hear that she was dead.

"It's very sad. She was a good neighbour to me.

"She was very good when it came to getting my letters from my letterbox," she said.

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