Son, 32, held after his mum, 57, found 'decapitated with axe' in hallway of home in Louth
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Son, 32, held after his mum, 57, found 'decapitated with axe' in hallway of home in Louth

A MOTHER-OF-TWO who was found dead with "extreme" injuries at a house in Co. Louth on Tuesday was allegedly decapitated by her son, it has emerged.

The body of Elizabeth Piotrowska, 57, was discovered in the hallway of her semi-detached home on the Clonmore Estate, Ardee at around 11.30am yesterday morning.

Ms Piotrowska, who was originally from Poland, had lived in the area for several years with her husband – who was at work at the time of the incident.

A 32-year-old man was arrested shortly later at 1pm outside a pub on nearby Bridge Street in the town, which is around 20 km (12 miles) southwest of Dundalk.

The man has been named as the victim's son Tomasz Piotrowski, who was already known to Gardaí for his involvement in the drugs trade, reports the Irish Sun.

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He allegedly left the scene in a taxi after partially dismembering his mother and got out around 8km away in Drumconrath to dump evidence, according to the Irish Times.

The suspect is being questioned at Drogheda Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act and Gardaí say they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

"We have so far one person arrested. We're not looking for anyone else," Superintendent Des McTiernan said at a press conference at Ardee Garda Station.

"There are a number of other people who are assisting the investigations."

It is understood that an axe was recovered at Ms Piotrowska's home and the weapon will be forensically examined in due course.

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Three other locations in the local area were sealed off by investigators.

Supt McTiernan added: "We are quite anxious to get on with the investigation and bring it to a conclusion bearing in mind the tragic circumstances of it.

"I am happy this investigation is contained. I don't anticipate that it is going anywhere else.

"There is no danger of anyone else... we have the person we believe who was the perpetrator of the incident arrested and detained at Drogheda Garda Station."

A post-mortem is scheduled to be carried out on Ms Piotrowska's remains on Wednesday.