Residents react to gruesome murder on their doorstep; 'It's a shocking tragedy'

Residents react to gruesome murder on their doorstep; 'It's a shocking tragedy'
House-to-house inquiries near Castlegreina House on the Boreenmanna Road in Cork where the body of a man was discovered. Picture Dan Linehan

RESIDENTS living near the vacant house where a decapitated and dismembered body was found in the back garden have spoken of their fear since the gruesome discovery was made.

An older woman living in Castlegreina Park said she had lived there all her life and the horrific murder had shocked the whole community. 

Members of the Garda forensic team at Castlegreina House.
Members of the Garda forensic team at Castlegreina House.

“I came home on Friday evening after Christmas and on Saturday evening there were Gardaí everywhere.

"I didn’t know what had happened. I called into my neighbour and they didn’t know either and then we saw it on the nine o’clock news.” 

The woman said having something like this happen so close to where she lived was very worrying.

“I wouldn’t be one to fear going out but this happening so close to home, you would be worried. 

"It makes you think about what could happen.” 

She has been “jittery” and “shook” since she found out about the violent murder.

A resident living on Rockboro Avenue, which borders Castlegreina House where the body was found, described it as very sinister.

Castlegreina House, on Boreenmanna road, Cork where a body was discovered on SaturdayPicture: Eddie O'Hare
Castlegreina House, on Boreenmanna road, Cork where a body was discovered on SaturdayPicture: Eddie O'Hare

“If it wasn’t premeditated, it was heavily post-meditated,” the resident said.

“It is a shocking tragedy."

The same Rockboro Avenue resident said that there have been ongoing issues with people going into the house and onto the grounds.

“You can see torches in the house at night.” 

Another resident said that you often see people searching in the bushes around the garden.

“People hide alcohol, cans and bottles in the garden and then they come back later and drink it,” the man said.

“There is a problem with derelict houses in the area, it is an ageing neighbourhood and a number of houses are being left idle around the neighbouring estates. This is just one example of that.” 

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

Another resident described the Castlegreina House as “falling down with neglect.” 

“The house has been vacant since 2016," the resident said.

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