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Post mortem: John Kerins died of gunshot wounds

The former garda’s body was found at a house near Bailieboro, Cavan, yesterday.

Gardai attend the scene after the body of John Kerins was discovered in the large detached two-storey house in the townland of Cornaveagh, near Bailieborough, Co Cavan
Gardai attend the scene after the body of John Kerins was discovered in the large detached two-storey house in the townland of Cornaveagh, near Bailieborough, Co Cavan
Image: Julien Behal/PA Wire/Press Association Images

GARDAÍ INVESTIGATING THE murder of former garda John Kerins confirmed this afternoon that the post mortem on his body was completed at 12.45pm today.

It concluded that Kerins (49) received gunshot wounds to his upper body.

An incident room has been set up in Bailieboro Garda Station and the investigation is ongoing. Gardaí are still at the scene carrying out a forensic examination.

Gardaí are renewing their appeal to anybody that was in the Cornaveagh and the Canningstown area of Bailieboro between 5pm on Thursday 8 November and 8am on Friday 9 November who may have seen anything suspicious or out of the ordinary to contact the gardaí at Bailieboro at 042 9665102, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.

It is understood the victim was medically discharged from An Garda Siochana several years ago and moved to the area. He had served in a number of specialist units in the force throughout his career.

It was reported today that Kerins was previously arrested and questioned over the disappearance of his neighbour Gerry Daly in 2011, and that he was also suspected of being involved in the drugs trade.

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