Homeless man found fatally injured was victim of assault, gardai say
The man in his 50s was found close to a burning tent which was thought to be his home.
A homeless man found with fatal injuries close to a burning tent in Cork was the victim of an assault, gardai have said.
The victim, aged in his 50s, was found unconscious on Mardyke Walk lying a short distance from the tent shortly before 1am.
He had sustained serous injuries consistent with an assault.
The man, who it is understood had been living in the tent, was later pronounced dead in hospital.
The area, which is beside a public park, which has increasingly been used by homeless people in recent months.
Garda Superintendent Michael Comyns confirmed detectives had launched a homicide investigation.
“We are appealing to those who were in Mardyke Walk area between last night and 1am this morning who may have witnessed any activity in the area to come forward,” he said.
“We are also appealing to motorists who may have passed through Mardyke Walk around these times to make dash-cam footage available to us.
“There are a number of guest houses in the area with visitors to the city staying last night and we would ask that if anybody seen or heard anything, no matter how insignificant they think it is, to contact us.
“We are currently treating this as a homicide investigation.”