Suspicious death of man, 66, found by wife at his home in Cork city 'not an attempted robbery'
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Suspicious death of man, 66, found by wife at his home in Cork city 'not an attempted robbery'

THE motive for the suspicious death of a man in Cork city yesterday was likely not robbery, according to Gardaí.

The body of Joe O'Callaghan, 66, was found by his devastated wife Angie when she arrived home from work to their apartment on Galway’s Lane, Douglas at around 8am yesterday morning.

Mr O'Callaghan was the father of three adult children.

An altercation was overheard at the property the previous night, neighbours have said.

Gardaí arrested a 21-year-old man yesterday after he handed himself in.

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The young man, believed to have been known to the deceased, is currently being held in custody at Togher Garda Station.

Speaking on Newstalk Breakfast this morning, Cork journalist Ralph Riegel said detectives consider it unlikely that burglary was a motive.

"Gardaí want to reassure people living in the area that this was not an attempted robbery or anything like that - they seem to be dealing with something very different," he said.

"Shortly after the body was discovered, a 21-year-old man presented himself at Togher Garda Station, voluntarily offering himself for questioning about the incident.

"I think we're going to see very early and significant developments in this case."

Officers from the National Garda Technical Bureau completed their forensic examination of the scene in Douglas this morning.

A post-mortem on Mr O'Callaghan's body is set to be carried out later today.

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