Man (26) arrested in connection with death of brothers in Castlebar
One of the two men would have celebrated his 70th birthday today
The scene of double killing of two brothers at New Antrim Street, Castlebar, Co Mayo. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus.
A 26-year-old man has been arrested this evening in connection with the deaths of two elderly brothers at their home in Castlebar, Co Mayo.
Gardaí believe the two pensioners were beaten to death in the early hours of this morning. One of the victims would have celebrated his 70th birthday today.
The arrested man is currently being detained at Castlebar Garda station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.
The dead men were described by locals as vulnerable and mentally impaired. One of the deceased was deaf and non verbal, having suffered a work place accident when living in the UK around 30 years ago.
The remains of the men, aged 68 and 69 years, were discovered at their house on New Antrim Street, Castlebar, Co Mayo, at 7am. The discovery was made when a home help called to the property, as was normal several times a day.
One of the bodies was found inside the house in a downstairs bedroom and the other outside the property in the back yard.
The small two-storey house were they lived and died backs onto the constituency office of Taoiseach Enda Kenny, which is around 50 metres away around the corner on Tucker Street.
Supt Dave Taylor said the men were popular and well known in the area, and appealed for people who had information about the killings or who may have seen the men late last night or into this morning to come forward and speak to them in confidence.
“A lot of witnesses have already come forward and we are doing house to house inquiries, but we need other people to come forward,” he said.
Supt Taylor added it was too early to say if the killings may have occurred during a robbery or if there were any items, including cash, missing.
He said a full scale investigation was now underway and assured local people, especially the elderly, that the criminal probe would be exhaustive.
“There will be no stone left unturned and we have all the resources that we need,” he said.
The last sighting of the men was at around midnight last night when they bought chips from a takeaway across the street from their home.
State Pathologist Prof Marie Cassidy arrived at the house just after 3pm today. While the cause of the deaths will not be known until Prof Cassidy’s work is completed, probably by tonight, sources said there was a large amount of blood at the scene and the men died violently.
The same sources said it appeared they have been beaten to death and that a blunt instrument may have been used in the fatal attack.