Cork city murder latest: Family of decapitated victim say they are numbed by the killing

Cork city murder latest: Family of decapitated victim say they are numbed by the killing
Francis 'Frankie' Dunne.

THE family of decapitated murder victim Frankie Dunne have said they are "numb and in shock" by the gruesome killing. 

The body of Francis 'Frankie' Dunne, from Churchfield, was found in the garden of the vacant Castlegreina House on Boreenmanna Rd, with his head and arms removed.

In a statement, issued to Virgin Media, the family said: "Frankie, you’re at peace now - may god give you the best bed in heaven - you were one of a kind, a character, one of the funniest people to know. 

"We are numb and in shock and tried so hard to help and even up to last week, but sadly you preferred the streets."

The family said at the time of Mr Dunne's death he wasn’t homeless but was living in a "lovely place for the homeless".

Mr Dunne's body was found by a neighbour searching for a cat on Saturday. 

Severed body parts were later found following a search of the grounds by gardaí.

The deceased was a resident of a nearby housing project run by Cork Simon.

Cork Simon spokesperson Paul Sheehan said their thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Mr Dunne, as well as those he shared the house with, in the High Support Cork Simon unit on Boreenmanna Road.

"It is a tough time and a sad time and a difficult one for the staff and volunteers that worked with Francis in the centre," he said.

Detective Superintendent Mick Comyns confirmed an autopsy had been completed on the victim last night.

He appealed for people who passed by Castlegreina House on Boreenmanna Road in recent days, specifically from Christmas Day to yesterday and who saw any suspicious activity in the area.

“We are appealing for any persons who passed on Boreenmanna Road over the past few days, going back to Christmas Day, if they have seen any activity around this house to come forward,” Det Supt Comyns said.

“It is a derelict house. There shouldn’t be anyone in or around the house. People who were passing in cars — it is a very busy road — people with dash cams, if they could contact us.

“Also pedestrians, it is a very busy area for people living in the locality to walk into town. We would be appealing to those people to come forward if they have seen any activity at all around the house, since Christmas Day.”

Gardaí have a full investigation running, with local patrols in the area and uniformed gardaí carrying out house-to-house enquiries and trawling through CCTV.

A Garda on duty at Castlegreina House on the Boreenmanna Road in Cork where the body of a man was discovered. Picture Dan Linehan
A Garda on duty at Castlegreina House on the Boreenmanna Road in Cork where the body of a man was discovered. Picture Dan Linehan

Speaking at a press briefing earlier yesterday, Det Supt Comyns said they were seeking to pinpoint exactly where the murder was carried out and the full extent of the injuries suffered.

“The post-mortem will be using fingerprints and DNA analysis to identify the body,” Det Supt Comyns said.

Gardaí are liaising with families linked to the deceased and Det Supt Comyns said they have gone through a list of missing persons in the city.

He urged people to come forward to help with the murder investigation, saying they can reach out through the Garda Confidential Line.

House-to-house enquiries near Castlegreina House on the Boreenmanna Road in Cork where the body of a man was discovered. Picture Dan Linehan
House-to-house enquiries near Castlegreina House on the Boreenmanna Road in Cork where the body of a man was discovered. Picture Dan Linehan

“I would reassure everyone, they have nothing to fear. Anyone who has fear can contact us on the Garda Confidential Line.”

He said they had received some information from the public already, but were hoping for more engagement.

“We have had a response, not a huge response as of yet, we’re hoping following the appeal to get a better response.”

Det Supt Comyns asked people to contact the gardaí at the Bridewell Garda Station on 021 4943330 or on the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

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