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'Vulnerable' man in his 60s living alone in Balbriggan house was murdered, gardaí say

Garda have been examining the scene where Christopher Hall, aged 65, was found dead.

Gardaí at the scene of the discovery this morning.
Gardaí at the scene of the discovery this morning.

Updated Thu 5:03 PM

GARDAÍ HAVE LAUNCHED a murder investigation following the discovery of the body of a man in a house in Balbriggan yesterday.

The man, named by Gardaí as Christopher Hall, was living at the house alone and was vulnerable due to a medical condition.

Forensic specialists have been examining the scene where the man, who was 65 years old, was found.

The man’s body was discovered in his home at Dun Saithne Green in Balbriggan, North Dublin – gardaí were alerted to the discovery by a caller to the property.

His body has been been brought to the City Morgue, Whitehall where a post mortem has started this afternoon by Dr Heidi Okkers, Locum Assistant State Pathologist.

Investigators are awaiting the result of the post mortem but sources have said that early indications are that the man was attacked in his home and suffered “blunt force” injuries.

Gardaí are also carrying out house to house enquiries in the area and also collecting CCTV footage.

A garda spokesperson said that forensic examinations were continuing at the scene.

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“Gardaí attended a domestic residence in Balbriggan where the body of a man in his 60s was discovered.

“The scene is currently preserved and a technical examination is to be carried out by the Garda Technical Bureau,” he said. 

Contains reporting from Daragh Brophy

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