Belfast Telegraph

No forced entry in flat murder case

There were no signs of violent entry to a flat where a man was murdered in Limerick, gardai have said.

Detectives investigating the killing of Martin Purcell, 54, have confirmed he was stabbed a number of times.

His body was found at the apartment on Wickham Street in the city centre on Friday morning.

Gardai said they are trying to establish his movements since last Monday.

They said no evidence has been found to suggest there was a violent entry into the flat where Mr Purcell was killed.

Detectives have been working to identify a motive for the killing.

Friends described the former Eircom employee as a quiet, reserved individual who enjoyed a few pints and was a regular in Flannery's pub on Wickham Street. He was also a music lover.

The location of the discovery of the body, one of three flats above JJ Keneally jewellers, was sealed off on Friday and a technical team was called in to examine the scene.

Shocked friends of the victim gathered at the scene and were struggling to come to terms with his death. He lived alone in the bedsit.

Mr Purcell is survived by his separated wife, son and daughter, who live in England.

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