Detectives investigating the sudden death of a woman in Limerick last month are still awaiting expert tests before pursuing the prime suspect who allegedly assaulted her.
Ouise Muckell (54), a former music teacher, was found seriously injured at her home in Rathkeale on the evening of July 19.
She was taken to Limerick University Hospital but pronounced dead the next day.
Gardaí believe she was the victim of an attack in the city in the hours or days prior to her discovery and has identified a suspect in that attack.
However, a cause of death has still not been determined and the state pathologist’s office is awaiting specialist tests to determine exactly how Ms Muckell died.
A source told the Irish Independent: “At this point there is no confirmation that the attack directly resulted in the death of this woman and these expert tests are needed to establish that. Other factors may have played a role in her death.
“Gardaí has identified the suspect in the attack that caused damage, but this investigation will not move forward until Gardaí know definitively whether or not they are dealing with a homicide.
“Investigations are ongoing and Gardaí have spoken to other people who were present at the home at the time and have also obtained CCTV footage from the area.”
A group of people are understood to have gathered at a property in town that Louise Muckell visited in the days before she was discovered seriously injured.
As a result of Garda investigations, some of these individuals were imprisoned for other offenses unrelated to their deaths.
Gardaí believe that living in the city was also where a number of people with alcohol addiction problems met regularly.
Louise Muckell was driven back to her home in Rathkeale some 30km away on Tuesday, before her remains were discovered later that day.
Reputed to be a talented music teacher, she taught at the former Sisters of Mercy Secondary School, Rathkeale, and was trained with the late Irish soprano Veronica Dunne.
Gardaí had previously issued an information call urging anyone with information to get in touch with them.
“Specifically, Gardaí would like to speak to anyone who was present and observed activity in the Windmill Street area of Limerick City or the Cois Deel area of Rathkeale between Sunday 17 July 2022 and Tuesday 19 July 2022 that they have attracted attention to come forward.
“Anyone who has camera footage (including dashcam and CCTV) of both areas between these dates is asked to make such footage available to Gardaí.
“Anyone with information is asked to contact Henry Street Garda Station on 061 212400, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station,” the spokesperson added.
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