The residents of Carlow in southeastern Ireland went silent after two men allegedly brought a corpse into the local post office to claim the deceased’s pension.
The “strange chain of events” began at around 11:30 a.m. on January 21, said Guardians. Based on Irish Times, a man walked into the Hosey post office in Carlow that morning to collect an elderly gentleman’s pension, and was told by staff that the pensioner would need to be present to collect the money.
The man left before returning with two other men, “one of whom was in his 60s and appeared to be assisted by two others”, The Guardian reported. The man in his 60s was identified as retired painter Peader Doyle, who lives about 500 meters from the post office.
A woman who lives next to the post office said to Irish independence that her daughter saw three men approaching the post office and thought Doyle “didn’t look well with his feet dragging on the ground”.
Upon entering the post office, these young men asked once again to be paid their pension. The Irish Times understands that an employee was “inquired about the health of the man being supported” by two other men, who are believed to be around 30 years old.
The Irish Independent newspaper reported that the couple “appeared to have assumed the deceased was having a heart attack”, before they fled, “dropping the body at the scene”. BBC. An ambulance was called and Doyle, 66, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Gardai has “unearthed evidence” that the dead were alive earlier that day “rather than having been dead for hours, or even days”, said Irish Times. However, it remains unclear whether Doyle was still alive when he was taken from his home to the post office, as the two suspects have testified.
It is understood the couple “wrapped a jumpsuit around Mr Doyle’s face and put a hat over his head in an attempt to conceal his true condition”, said walkie talkie. Offense was ruled out by autopsy.
One of the men has become known to Doyle, the Irish Independent reported, and a source told the paper that the two men “have made a statement to the gardai about the incident”.
Arrests are expected to be made as Gardai’s investigation focuses on “allegations of attempted fraud and failure to report a death,” the newspaper said.
Mayor of Carlow, Ken Murnane, said he was “absolutely shocked” by the event. “I can’t believe someone would do such a thing. It was a beggar’s belief, I was just shocked. It was like a Hitchcock movie.”
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