Belfast Telegraph

Man’s death months after alleged assault treated as murder

Seamus Bell was injured on Main Street in Carrickmacross on January 20.

Detectives looking into the death of a man in his thirties from Co Monaghan have begun treating the investigation as murder.

Seamus Bell, of Foxfield, Carrickmacross, was pronounced dead on Saturday at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, Co Louth, almost five months after being the victim of an alleged assault.

The father of three was injured on Main Street in Carrickmacross on January 20. He has been in a coma since the incident occurred.

Gardai said the case had been upgraded to murder after the results of a post-mortem examination. It was carried out by State pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy on Sunday.

The 36-year-old is survived by his wife and three children. He had been out celebrating the christening of his twin daughters with his wife when he was injured in the town.

Tributes were paid to Mr Bell by local charity fundraising group the Carrickmacross Lions.

In a tweet on Saturday the group wrote: “Our sympathies go to the family and friends of the very popular Seamie Bell who sadly passed away today.

“We also remember the community of people from GAA clubs and fitness centres who held Seamie in such high regard. May he rest in peace.”

They had set up a support fund earlier this year to help the fitness instructor and local GAA player.

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