Limerick man arrested in connection with death of woman whose body was found in burning car

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GARDAÍ have arrested a Limerick man as part of their investigations into the suspicious death of a North Cork woman, whose body was discovered in a burning car, Thursday.

The woman’s body was discovered by an armed Garda unit in the Doneraile area, around 4.30pm.

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Garda sources said that despite an initial report that shots had been fired, Garda investigators had since satisfied themselves that no firearms were involved.

A man who was found by gardai shortly afterwards struggling in a river in the vicinity of where the woman’s body was found, was taken to Cork University Hospital for treatment for hypothermia and minor injuries.

Gardaí were hoping to be able to speak to this man to establish if he could help them with their enquiries.

Gardai believe the deceased is a 72-year old mother of three, who worked as a cook with a sheltered housing group in Mallow.

Gardai conformed Friday they had arrested a man in connection with the woman’s death.

The man from South Limerick, and aged in his 60s, was arrested by gardai “on suspicion of unlawful killing“, a Garda spokesman said.

“He is currently detained at Fermoy Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.”

“The post mortem on the body of a female recovered from the burnt out car is currently ongoing.“

Earlier a Garda spokesman told the Limerick Post: “At around 4.30pm (Thursday) Gardaí were alerted to a car that was on fire in the Doneraile area on Co. Cork. Gardaí discovered a body, gender and aged unknown, inside a car that was on fire.”

“A search of the area was carried out and a man, age also unknown, was rescued by Gardaí from a nearby river. This man is currently receiving medical attention in Cork University Hospital.“

The scene is preserved and a technical examination is to be carried out by the Garda Technical Bureau and the Office of the State Pathologist has been asked to conduct a post mortem and, the results of which, will determine the course of the Garda investigation.

Gardai appealed “for anyone who was in the Doneraile area between 3pm and 5pm, particular anyone with mobile phone footage or dashcam footage, to contact Fermoy Garda Station on 025-82100 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666-111”.