Gardai appeal for information following murder of Limerick pensioner

David Hurley

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David Hurley

GARDAI investigating the murder of a pensioner in St Mary’s Park are appealing to members of the local community for information about the killing.

GARDAI investigating the murder of a pensioner in St Mary’s Park are appealing to members of the local community for information about the killing.

The body of James Boyce, 72, was discovered in an upstairs bedroom at his home at St Munchin’s Street, St Mary’s Park on Monday night.

The alarm was raised after a number of neighbours contacted gardai after they became concerned when Mr Boyce, who previously served as a soldier in the Congo, failed to answer his door for the local meals on wheels service earlier in the day.

State Pathologist, Prof Marie Cassidy, travelled to Limerick yesterday and she conducted a post mortem on the body of Mr Boyce at the Mid Western Regional Hospital in Limerick last night.

Gardai investigating Mr Boyce’s death have not released Prof Cassidy’s findings for operational reasons but they have confirmed that a murder investigation has been launched.

Supt Frank O’Brien, who is leading the investigation, confirmed Mr Boyce met a “violent death” and he described the killing as heinous. “Wider society as a whole respects older people and it is shameful to think thank that at the end of his days, for a man who was so well thought of, that he has reached his death through violent mean violent means,” he said.

Supt O’Brien appealed for information about James Boyce’s movements over the last few days. “We are particularly interested in the period from Saturday morning to about 7 o’clock on Monday evening. We are anxious to track his movements and see his activities over the last number of days,” he said.

Mr Boyce’s home remains sealed off as technical examinations are continuing at the end-of-terrace house. House to house enquiries are also being carried out in the St Mary’s Park area.

James Boyce, who lived in England for much of his life returned to Limerick 15 years ago following the death of his mother. He is survived by his brother and sister, both of whom live in London.