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Mozambique

Irishman 'bludgeoned to death' in Mozambique - police

An autopsy was completed on Cork native William Deasy (32) today, police said.

AN IRISH ENGINEER found dead at the weekend in northern Mozambique appeared to have been bludgeoned to death with a blunt weapon, police said today.

The body of 32-year-old William Deasy was found on Sunday outside a workers’ housing complex in Moma town in Nampula province.

“There were signs of an attack using a blunt instrument,” a police spokesman in Nampula province, Inacio Dina, told AFP today.

An autopsy found that several of Deasy’s bones, including a rib, were broken. His lung was perforated and he suffered internal bleeding, Dina said. Police now say he was beaten to death, possibly by more than one attacker.

The circumstances around the Cork man’s disappearance remain a mystery. He went missing on Friday night after dropping off colleagues in a nearby town.

His body was discovered two days later near a residential complex where he lived, while his car was found abandoned at least 50 kilometres away.

Deasy had been in Mozambique for just over a year working at a titanium mine for the London-listed Irish engineering contracting firm Kentz.

The titanium mine in the district of Topuito is operated by Irish firm, Kenmare Resources. No arrests have been made yet in connection with the murder.

Yesterday, Deasy’s family issued a statement thanking all who supported and expressed sympathy during this difficult time, adding:

William was bright, intelligent, ambitious and dedicated himself to his new job with great pride and energy. It was a measure of his determination and ability that he was shortly planning to further his qualifications by attending King’s College in London.
William will be very deeply missed by his distraught and proud parents Pat and Abina, by his sisters Emma and Susan and by his brothers David and Paul.

- Additional reporting AFP

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