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Murder investigation launched over death of Monaghan man four months after alleged one-punch assault

Seamus Bell was assaulted outside Carrickmacross Garda Station following the christening of his twin daughters on 20 January. He had been hospitalised ever since.

4 Seamus Bell and partner Edel Tighe, pictured after the christening of their twins Cara and Ava in January

A MURDER PROBE has been launched following the death of 36-year-old Monaghan man Seamus Bell.

Bell was allegedly attacked on the street in front of his partner’s parents outside Carrickmacross Garda Station on 20 January in the aftermath of the christening of his twin daughters. A solitary punch was allegedly thrown.

He passed away yesterday at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda. He had been hospitalised since the assault.

Gardaí previously arrested Carrickmacross man Vytautas Racys (34) the day after the attack.

He is currently in Cloverhill Prison charged with an offence under the Non Fatal Offences Against The Person Act.

A Garda spokesperson confirmed that the State Pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy has been informed of Bell’s passing and that a post mortem will take place at noon today.

“Gardaí investigating the death of Seamus Bell who died yesterday evening following an assault that occurred on 20th January, 2018 at Main Street, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan are now investigating a murder after receiving the post mortem examination results which was carried out by Professor Cassidy this afternoon.”

Racys is due in court at Cloverhill on 21 June.

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