Funeral for murder victim found decapitated in Cork to take place today

Funeral for murder victim found decapitated in Cork to take place today

THE funeral for an Irish man found decapitated on the grounds of an abandoned house in Co. Cork will take place today.

The Mass will be at St Mary’s on the Hill church in Knocknaheeny before Francis 'Frankie' Dunne is buried at St Michael’s Cemetery in Blackrock.

The partially dismembered body Mr Dunne was found just a few days after Christmas in the garden of Castlegreina House on Boreenmanna Rd, by a neighbour looking for their cat.

It was reported that his head and arms had been cut off and were discovered a few yards away from his body.

Gardai have launched an investigation into the murder, with as many as 40 detectives working on the case.

No arrests have been made thus far, though gardai are supposedly tracking a 'person of interest' who is believed to have left the country and travelled to Europe shortly after Dunne's murder and are using Interpol to help track him down.

Mr Dunne's family said they were "numb and in shock" after hearing the grizzly details of the 64-year-old's death.

"Frankie was a father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and nephew, and friend to many in Cork," his family said in the days following his death.

He had been homeless prior to his death and his family has been fundraising for homeless services in his honour.

"As Frankie's family, we hope no-one else ever has to suffer the horrendous nightmare of what Frankie endured in the final hours of his life. No-one should be left so vulnerable on our streets."