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Gardaí investigate homicide at Swinford, Mayo - 15/8/17

Gardaí are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a man following an incident at Swinford, Co. Mayo on Saturday 12th August.

A 21-year-old man, Joseph Deacy of St. Albans in England, was discovered outside a house at Gortnasillagh, Swinford with apparent head injuries. The alarm was raised by a passer-by at approximately 6.00am, Gardaí and Emergency 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, 13th August 2017.
A post-mortem examination was carried out by the State Pathologist Professor Marie Cassidy and the death is being treated as a homicide.

A forensic examination of the scene has been carried out and an incident room has been established at Claremorris Garda Station. A Family Liaison Officer has been appointed in the case.
Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information to contact Claremorris Garda Station 094-9372080 or the Garda Confidential Line.
Superintendent Tony Healy is available to brief the media this evening August 15th 2017 at 5.30pm in Claremorris Garda Station.  If you require a telephone interview please email with full contact details.