THE man arrested yesterday in connection with the death of 66-year-old Joe O'Callaghan in Douglas yesterday morning was still in Garda custody today.
The man in his 20s, believed to be known to the deceased man, was arrested under section four of the Criminal Justice Act and detained at Togher Garda Station.
A Garda press spokesperson told the Evening Echo that he remains in custody this morning and his detention can be extended for up to 72 hours.
A post-mortem was due to be carried out this morning on the body of the man, whose death has left the local Douglas community shocked, upset and worried about their own personal safety.
Reports have suggested that there had been disturbances at father of three's home in the hours prior to his death with one neighbour describing a row on the doorstep of the home at Galway's Lane, loud banging and a man reportedly shouting “open the fucking door” at around 1.30am.
Mr O’Callaghan was married for the second time to Angeline and had three children. He had also been made a grandfather very recently. His body was found by Angeline in a pool of blood after she arrived home following completion of her night shift at 8.30am yesterday morning.
Mr O'Callaghan had lived at the property near Douglas GAA club for the last five years. His sister, Sheila Thornhill said she was stunned at the news and added he had been ill recently but had been in better form in recent days.
Local Councillor Joe Harris, who knew Mr O’Callaghan, 66, for the past 50 years, said locals wanted the case solved as soon as possible.
“We need to find out what happened,” Mr Harris said.
Mr Harris said he knew Mr O’Callaghan well. “We went to school together and grew up together. He even did a bit of work for me in the garden. He was a landscaper when he was younger.
Mr Harris said his family are devastated by his sudden death.
“He was from a very well known, well-respected family in Douglas. Our families grew up together. I know his brothers, they are good characters. I would meet him down at Tesco’s and we would have a coffee the odd time. It is very sad.
The local councillor said Mr O’Callaghan was a “happy go lucky” fella who had health issue in recent times “We would always have a bit of banter together at Tesco, have a coffee and a cigarette in the sun.” Under the guise of Superintendent Charlie Barry, a Crime Scene Investigation was assembled and sniffer dogs extensively searched the surrounding area for anything of interest.
A post-mortem is expected to be carried out tomorrow and Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to come forward.
Gardaí are conducting house to house enquiries and local CCTV footage is being examined from the time Mr O’Callaghan was last seen.
Anyone who was in the Galway’s Lane area of Douglas between 10pm on July 1 and 8:30am on July 2 is asked to contact Togher Garda Station on 021-4947120, The Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666-111 or any Garda Station.