No foul play in Cork death
Gardaí investigating the death of a former Garda found in a house in Co Cork have ruled out foul play following the completion of a postmortem at Cork University Hospital this afternoon.
Gardaí say they are satisfied there was nothing suspicious about the death of Mario Boersma, who was in his early 40s, following examination of his remains by assistant State pathologist Dr Margot Bolster at the hospital
It's understood Dr Bolster took a number of blood and other samples which must be sent for toxicology tests which may take several weeks and the results of these tests will form part of of a file that gardaí will prepare for an inquest into Mr Boersma's death.
A former member of An Garda Síochána, Mr Boersma, who was separated, lived alone at a house in Crosshaven. His body was discovered yesterday at about 2pm by a friend who called to visit him.
Mr Boersma had resigned from An Garda Síochána in 2010 after he was arrested in connection with an attempted armed robbery with an imitation firearm on a shop in Carrigaline in Co Cork in March of that year.
He was given a three-year suspended sentence by the late Judge Con Murphy at Cork Circuit Criminal Court in March 2011 after he pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and possession of an imitation firearm.
During the hearing the court heard that Mr Boersma suffered from a chronic alcohol problem which had cost him his job as a garda as well as his home which had been repossessed when he fell into mortgage arrears.