AN ELDERLY man has died at Cork's Mercy University Hospital following a suspected attack by another patient.
The incident occurred at around 5am this morning at the hospital in Grenville Place in Cork city centre.
The deceased man was aged in his late 80s, while a man in his 30s was arrested at the scene.
Shocking and sad. An unnecessary death. https://t.co/1ucGACy4Q7
— Cllr. Dan Boyle (@sendboyle) January 22, 2023
The younger man was taken to Bridewell Garda Station, Cork where he is currently being detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.
Gardaí are not seeking anyone else in relation to the incident.
In a statement, the hospital said it immediately informed gardaí about the incident and added that it has provided counselling to patients and staff affected.
Sadden to hear this morning if this incident at the Mercy Hospital. A place of excellent care by compassionate and professional staff. My sympathies to the deceased 🙏🏻 family @EoinBearla https://t.co/h136TWouMQ
— Cllr. Tony Fitzgerald P.C. (@Tfitzgeraldcork) January 22, 2023
According to the Irish Examiner, while the exact details of the incident are still under investigation, it is believed that the elderly patient was fatally attacked by the younger man, a fellow inpatient.
The scene has been preserved for a forensic and technical examination, while the services of the State Pathologist have been requested.
Gardaí have notified the family of the deceased man and a Family Liaison Officer has been appointed.