Murder investigation launched after man’s body was discovered in a Dublin flat

A murder investigation was launched yesterday following the discovery of the body of a man in a housing complex in north central Dublin.

The unidentified man is believed to have suffered serious head injuries and his body may have lain in the home for five days.

The man’s body was found in a flat at Kevin Barry House in Coleraine Street around 6.20pm yesterday and the case is being investigated by Gardaí from Bridewell Station.

Sources say Gardaí believe up to half a dozen people “come and go” at the apartment while the man’s body lay on the floor near a bed at the property.

It is understood that several people were present at the property when Gardaí discovered the man’s body.

No arrests have yet been made in the case, but Gardaí have spoken to a resident of the apartment and are hoping to interview more people who have been to the property in the past week.

The man’s age and identity have yet to be determined.

An autopsy of the man’s body is scheduled to take place today.

The crime scene remains cordoned off this morning while Gardaí conduct a forensic and technical investigation.

In a statement, Gardaí said: “Gardaí is investigating all circumstances surrounding the discovery of a body of a man in a residence at Kevin Barry House, Coleraine Street, Dublin 7 around 6:20pm on Monday 12 September 2022. The body remains at the crime scene, which is currently being kept for technical examination. An Garda Síochána has no further comment at this time.”

Gardaí removed the man’s body this morning after a preliminary examination at the scene by a pathologist.

Gardaí are understood to be investigating recent missing person reports to help identify the victim of the attack.

Gardaí conducted door-to-door investigations into the movement of people in the complex.

One of Dublin’s older residential complexes, Kevin Barry House is situated at the junction of Coleraine Street and North King Street near Smithfield in the north city centre.

In a statement, Peter McVerry Trust confirmed that the flat was managed by our charity under the Housing First scheme for Dublin City Council.

The statement said: “Housing First tenants are selected for the program based on their vulnerability and a significant history of poor sleep. The tenant in the property met Housing First criteria and was successfully placed in the property over 18 months ago.

“Unfortunately, in recent months the tenancy began to collapse as the tenant struggled to manage the front door and people with no interest in the property or re-acquiring the tenant gained entry and use of the property.

“Active steps have been taken to assist the customer in abandoning the tenancy in order to be assisted elsewhere in another tenancy. This process was carried out in accordance with the rights of the tenant. PMVT also increased employee visits to the property.”

PMVT CEO Pat Doyle said: “We are saddened by the loss of a 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. Housing First helps some of the most vulnerable in our society. 86 percent of Housing First tenancies are successful, but unfortunately this was one of the 14 percent that has clearly failed in recent months.

“Peter McVerry Trust works in full partnership with Lake Garda and recognizes the impact on our own staff who deal with very complex situations on a daily basis, on the tenant whose tenancy has been terminated and on the wider community.” Murder investigation launched after man’s body was discovered in a Dublin flat

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