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Appeal for leads on first anniversary of Donegal murder

Gardai release details of Seamus Doherty’s final 12 hours in the hope of prompting information on what happened to him in his home.

Seamus Doherty took a taxi from this spot on Lower Main Street in Letterkenny before his final journey home on 16 June 2012.
Seamus Doherty took a taxi from this spot on Lower Main Street in Letterkenny before his final journey home on 16 June 2012.
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GARDAI HAVE APPEALED for anyone with information which might help them solve a year-old murder case to get in contact.

Seamus Doherty, a 67-year-old father of four was found dead at his home in a rural area of Donegal in the early hours of 17 June last year. He was found in the bathroom of his home at Drumcanoo, Churchill and his body bore the signs of a number of injuries. State Pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy said after a post-mortem on his body that he had suffered a “traumatic death”.

Gardai are now reminding locals of the dead man’s movements just before his death, in the hope that it might prompt a memory.

“We are anxious to speak to anyone who has information in relation to the murder of Seamus Doherty. Perhaps you were aware of suspicious activity this weekend last year and thought nothing of it at the time?” said Detective Inspector Pat O’Donnell. “Even the smallest piece of information, which may seem insignificant, may help with the investigation.”

This is what is known of the last hours of Seamus Doherty:

16 June 2012, Saturday

12.30 Seamus makes a purchase from McFadden’s Pharmacy, Lower Main Street, Letterkenny. He returns to his home at Churchill.

17.08 Seamus presents himself at the emergency department of Letterkenny General Hospital.

20.22 He is discharged from the hospital. He then walks down Main Street, Letterkenny where he got a taxi (a black Renault taxibus) from outside the Cavern Bar.

21.25 Seamus arrives home at his house in Churchill.

17 June 2012, Sunday

01.41 A phone call is made to 999 services after his body is discovered in the bathroom of his home.

Information should be relayed to the free and confidential Crimestoppers line on 1800 25 00 25. There may be a cash reward for information that “significantly” helps the investigation. Callers are not required to give their name.

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