Man arrested over the homicide of woman in a Cork squat

Man arrested over the homicide of woman in a Cork squat
Gardaí outside the squat on Sheares Street, where Amy McCarthy died. Picture Dan Linehan

A 26-year-old man was arrested yesterday in connection with the death of a young Cork woman in the city in April.

Amy McCarthy, 22, was found dead in a squat on Sheares Street on April 30.

It is understood the woman, who was found in a second-floor room of the building, suffered an assault prior to her death.

Amy, who is survived by her son Adam, parents Regina and Brian and her sisters, arrived at the squat around 7pm on April 29.

Gardaí understand Ms McCarthy entered the building, a disused office on Sheares Street, on Saturday night with a number of others through a broken window on the ground floor.

One of these individuals discovered her in an upstairs room in the building shortly before 7am on Sunday morning.

When they were unable to rouse her, they contacted emergency services.

Paramedics tended to Ms McCarthy at the scene but were unable to revive her. She was pronounced dead before her body was transferred to the nearby Mercy University Hospital.

Following a postmortem, carried out at Cork University Hospital, it was decided further investigation was needed into the young woman’s death.

The results of the examination have not been released for operational reasons.

The man, who was arrested in the midlands, was brought to the Bridewell Garda station where he was detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.

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