After the murder of criminal Tony Dempsey (28), the housing association Peter McVerry starts its own investigation in an apartment in a drug den

The charity that manages the property where a murder victim lay dead for days is conducting an internal review.

The body of Tony Dempsey, 28, was found Monday night in an apartment in the Kevin Barry House complex on Coleraine Street, Dublin 7.

Gardaí believe he was attacked and may have been dead for more than a week, while people entered and exited the property before emergency services spotted him.

The Peter McVerry Trust confirmed that they own the flat and that it housed a tenant who was not the dead man some 18 months ago.

It was also aware that the tenant was “struggling with the front door” and that staff visits to the property were increasing as a result.

This happened just last weekend when Mr Dempsey’s remains are believed to have been inside.

The Trust also said efforts had been made to assist the client to give up the tenancy and place them elsewhere.

That Irish Independent yesterday submitted a series of questions to the charity, asking how many complaints it had received about the property and whether staff visits included an inspection of the interior.

In response, a spokeswoman said: “An internal case review is ongoing and we will not comment further at this time.”

On Tuesday, the charity’s CEO Pat Doyle said: “We are saddened by the loss of young life and would like to extend our condolences to the family of the deceased.

“Staff visited the property daily, including weekends, and they had no leads or evidence that anyone had died on or near the property.”

Neighbors at the downtown apartment complex said they had raised concerns about the apartment where Dempsey’s body was found in recent months.

The main problem, they said, was that drug users would congregate there “all day, every day,” causing distress to other residents.

A local, who asked not to be named, said: “The majority of people living here are decent and hardworking, but then there is a small part that causes serious problems.

“You would have problems with people coming in to get their dose and hanging around all the time. People complained but nothing was done.”

A source said investigators looking into the murder were shocked that “people continued to come and go and stay in the apartment while a decomposing body lay on the floor.”

“This apartment was a drug den and when Gardaí arrived there were a number of men and women inside. How could they just sit there? It’s just not right,” the source added.

Detectives investigating Mr Dempsey’s death believe he was assaulted over a drugs row.

Originally from south inner city, he was known to local gardaí for his involvement in drug trafficking, but was not considered a major criminal.

He had previously been sentenced to prison in connection with a violent incident and had multiple criminal records.

While no arrests have yet been made in connection with his death, Gardaí have spoken to people they believe were present at the apartment in recent days.

They have also cautiously taken a statement from one man and are in the process of locating others with whom they would like to speak. After the murder of criminal Tony Dempsey (28), the housing association Peter McVerry starts its own investigation in an apartment in a drug den

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