Belfast Telegraph

Friday 1 August 2014

River death victim 'survived fall'

Two people are being questioned over a man's death in Bandon, Co Cork

A father of one found dead after being beaten and dumped in a river escaped death more than two years ago.

Jonathan Duke's remains were pulled from the River Bandon in Bandon, Co Cork, after a passer-by reported seeing a body being thrown in late on Sunday night.

Two suspects, a man and a woman both aged in their 30s, were arrested a short time later at the Bridge House apartment complex in the town.

The 27-year-old victim had cheated death in June 2009 when he fell from a window in the same block of flats and was in hospital for six months.

"He almost died, he was unconscious for a long time," said one local source.

Mr Duke, an out-of-work labourer, has a seven-year-old daughter.

It is believed there had been a party in the apartment earlier where a row broke out and he was assaulted before being thrown into the water.

His mother Michelle and three sisters are said to be devastated by his death.

It is understood his mother was working in the Ho Kee Chinese restaurant just feet away as the drama unfolded - unaware her son was being pulled from the river.

She saw the gardai responding to the emergency call but was unaware her son was involved in the incident until officers called to her home later.

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