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Second arrest over murder of man who was sleeping rough in Cork city

A man in his 20s was arrested this morning.

Mardyke Walk in Cork.
Mardyke Walk in Cork.
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Updated Dec 16th 2019, 3:53 PM

GARDAÍ HAVE ARRESTED a second man in connection with the murder of Timothy Hourihane in Cork city in October.

A murder investigation was launched in October after Hourihane, who was in his 50s, died after being found by emergency services near a tent that was on fire at Mardyke Walk, Cork. 

He was sleeping rough at the time, and found unconscious by the emergency services with visible injuries, before being removed to Cork University Hospital. Efforts were made to revive him but he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Gardaí arrested a man in his 30s this afternoon, following the arrest of a man in his 20s earlier today.

The man in his 30s is being held at Portlaoise Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, while the man in his 20s is being detained at Bridewell Garda Station. 

Speaking at the scene in October, Superintendent Michael Comyns said:

There are a number of guest houses in the area with visitors to the city staying last night and we would ask that if anybody seen or heard anything, no matter how insignificant they think it is, to contact us. We are currently treating this as a homicide investigation.’

A Garda spokesperson said that “investigations are ongoing”. 

With reporting from Rónán Duffy

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