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Post mortem today in Sligo murder investigation

POST MORTEM examination of the body of the 20-year-old man found dead in Connolly Street will be held today, Sunday.

Dr Linda Mulligan, the Deputy State Pathologist will conduct the examination at Sligo University Hospital.

Last night, she examined the scene where the young man’s body was found.

Although gardaí have launched a murder inquiry her findings will determine whether or not the case is officially upgraded to murder.

Gardai responded to a call just before 1.30 pm yesterday and within minutes one Garda car was observed in a high speed dash down High Street. 

Ambulances raced to the scene in Connolly Street but it is understood the young man was already deceased.

Sligo Gardai also arrested a man in his early 30s shortly after yesterday’s grim discovery.

He was brought to Ballymote Garda Station for questioning under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.

Connolly Street was also sealed off and a house near the gated entrance to the old Dominican Friary was also sealed off.

Garda Appeal

Witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact Gardaí 

They may do so by the Garda Confidential line on 1800 666 111 or calling any garda station.

Sligo Gardai would also like to hear from anybody who can assist them, phone 071 9157 000.

Three Killings

The scene of yesterday’s incident is within one mile of three other killings in Sligo in the past six years.

Eugene Gillespie (67) was found bound and murdered in his home at Old Market Street in September 2012.

A retired telecoms broker and shopkeeper, Mr Gillespie was a keen Irish language and antique cars enthusiast.

Refused Plea

Currently, Simon McGinley is serving a life sentence, convicted by a jury of Mr Gillespie’s murder after the State refused his manslaughter plea. See Sligo Today 4/4/2014

In August 2015 Musician Martin (Matt) Kivlehan (59) died after he was stabbed in his home at Holborn Street. 

The jury failed to agree a verdict late last year on murder charges against Keith Brady. See Sligo Today 21/3/2017

Then, Natalie McGuinness (23) whose family home is in west Sligo, was strangled in her flat at Mail Coach Road in October 2015.

Made Headlines

Poignantly, the deceased woman had made headlines the day she was born — Natalie was a New Years Day baby in 1992.

Her boyfriend Oisin Conroy was found not guilty of her murder by reason of insanity.

He was committed to the Central Mental Hospital after his trial verdict. See Sligo Today 5/11/2015

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