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Arrest after body of boy (11) is found in Limerick house

Forensics officers remove the body of 11-year-old Brooklyn Colbert from a house in Limerick
Forensics officers remove the body of 11-year-old Brooklyn Colbert from a house in Limerick
Brooklyn Colbert

By Conor Feehan

An 11-year-old schoolboy was seen smiling happily on a Co Limerick street with a man known to him a short time before gardai found his lifeless body in a house.

The community of Ballynanty in the shadows of Thomond Park rugby stadium was yesterday reeling with shock at the death of Brooklyn Colbert.

They described how Brooklyn, an only child to his mother Sonia Aylmer, was spotted going into the house with the man on Sunday afternoon.

Neighbours told how both Brooklyn and the man seemed in good spirits, and nobody had any suspicions that anything so drastic would take place.

But after darkness fell it soon became apparent that something horrific had happened. Patrol cars and armed gardai swarmed the small cul-de-sac off Shanabooley Road.

Word filtered through that Brooklyn had been found dead in the house.

Sources say gardai are trying to piece together the sequence of events that led to Brooklyn's violent death, but early indications are the man who was seen with him either walked into Henry Street garda station in Limerick or alerted them by phone.

Immediately concerned for Brooklyn's welfare, gardai sped to the scene around a mile from the station. They discovered his body in the kitchen.

The small cul-de-sac in Ballynanty remained sealed off yesterday morning as gardai began a forensic examination and State Pathologist Dr Margot Bolster arrived at around noon.

At around 1.30pm a dark estate car with blacked out rear windows arrived, and Brooklyn's body was removed and placed into it on a covered stretcher.

It is believed Brooklyn died from injuries consistent with a violent assault. The man, in his 20s, who was arrested by gardai remained in custody last night. He was described by locals as a quiet man who does not drink or smoke.

A second scene, a house in Moyross less than a kilometre away, was also sealed off by gardai yesterday. It is believed it is the suspect's parental home.

Brooklyn attended the nearby JFK Memorial primary school.

In a short statement, the school principal said they were saddened by "the untimely death of our much cherished pupil".

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