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Man arrested over death of Limerick pensioner

Gardai are questioning a man about the death of James Mulqueen in October 2009

Gardai are questioning a man about the death of James Mulqueen in October 2009

 

Gardai investigating the death of County Limerick pensioner James Mulqueen more than four years ago have arrested a man.

The body of the 92-year-old was discovered at his rural home at Ballymakery, Kilcolman at around 11am on October 23, 2009.

Initially, gardai believed his death was due to natural causes as Mr Mulqueen was relatively frail.

However, the results of a post-mortem coupled with signs of disturbance in the cottage pointed to foul play and an intensive Garda investigation began, which included door-to-door calls and the amassing of some 1,400 separate pieces of evidence.

This included evidence that a sum of money was missing from the house.

Gardai believe that it is highly likely that Mr Mulqueen knew his attacker or attackers as there was no sign of forced entry

A reconstruction of the events leading up to the pensioner’s death was broadcast on RTÉ’s Crimecall programme in September 2012 after the investigation was upgraded following a case review by the Serious Crime Unit.

The last known sighting of James Mulqueen was about midday on Thursday, October 22, 2009 when he collected water from a water-barrel outside his home at Kilmakeara, Kilcolman.

Less than 24 hours later, he was dead, his body discovered by a near neighbour who called to bring Mr Mulqueen to collect his pension.

The man arrested today, whose aged in his 50’s, is being questioned at Henry Street garda station under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

 

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