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'We’re very shocked by this'

Wednesday, 4th July, 2018 4:16pm

The community of Douglas is in shock following the homicide of a pensioner this week, a local councillor has said.

Gardaí investigating the death of 66-year-old father of three Joseph O'Callaghan, whose body was discovered on Monday in the city suburb, released a man in his 20s without charge after he was arrested in relation to the incident.

The man had been detained at Togher Garda Station on Monday and

was then released on Tuesday.

Gardaí have said that a file will be prepared for the DPP.

Joseph’s body was discovered at a house at Galway's Lane, near Douglas GAA Club at about 8.30am on Monday.

It is understood that Joseph’s wife raised the alarm and that he sustained head injuries during the attack.

Local Social Democrats Cllr Joe Harris told the Cork Independent: “We’re very shocked by this. It’s a terrible tragedy for everyone involved and it takes a while for it to sink in. It’s a terrible thing to happen and extremely sad.”

He said that no one ever expects something like this to happen in their area and for someone to die under these circumstances.

“The community is feeling vulnerable now. It’s been a long time since anything like this happened in Douglas.

“It’s something that it out of character for the area. There’s a terrible sense of loss for the people involved too.”

As a public representative, he said he feels that people need these crimes solved as soon as possible which, he said, reassures the public the gardaí are on top of these things.

“It’s why the gardaí are so important,” he concluded.

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