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Death of Northern Ireland man ‘no longer suspicious’

Gardai are no longer treating the death of a former Northern Ireland man found with slash wounds in a Co Westmeath apartment block as suspicious.

The body of Tony Kelly was found on the floor of a communal corridor at Grove Street, in the centre of Mullingar town at about 7.30am on Monday. It is understood that Mr Kelly may have taken his own life.

Gardai confirmed they were not looking for anyone else in connection with his death.

Mr Kelly, who is believed to be aged in his 30s, was from Strabane but had been living and working in Mullingar for several years.

The Kelly family is well-known in the Strabane area and his uncle, Johnny Kelly, owns the Fir Trees hotel in the town.

It is understood Mr Kelly had been held hostage in a so-called “tiger raid” at a Strabane supermarket several years ago.

Mr Kelly’s body was discovered outside the door of his ground floor apartment.

Irish state pathologist Prof Marie Cassidy carried out a preliminary examination at the scene before his body was taken to the Midland Regional Hospital, where a post-mortem examination was carried out yesterday morning.

Gardai, who had initially treated his death as suspicious, confirmed they no longer believed it was the result of foul play.

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