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Superintendent appeals for information in wake of Swinford homicide

Fri, Aug 18, 2017

Supt Tony Healy urged members of the public who may have even a small bit of information to come forward to Gardai who are investigating the suspected murder of Joe Deacy in Swinford last weekend. Supt Healy told the Mayo Advertiser yesterday afternoon: "Any little bit of information that people have can make a huge difference in an investigation." Speaking about the response from the public to date he said: "It's been really good, we are working through those and looking at CCTV footage and other things to progress the investigation."

Joseph Deacy (21), of St Albans in England, was discovered outside a house at Gortnasillagh, Swinford, with apparent head injuries on Saturday last. The alarm was raised by a passer-by at approximately 6am, Gardaí and emergencey services attended the scene. The man was taken by ambulance to Mayo University Hospital and later removed to Beaumont Hospital where he was pronounced dead on Sunday evening. A post-mortem examination was carried out by the State Pathologist Professor Marie Cassidy and the death is being treated as a homicide.

Mr Deacy was on holidays in the area, staying with friends, and he had been socialising in the area the night before his death.


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