THE mum of three who was murdered at a flat in Farranree yesterday suffered severe head and neck injuries, a post-mortem has revealed.
Gardaí yesterday launched a murder investigation and were continuing to question a man today following the brutal death of 39-year-old Nicola Collins at a home on Popham's Road.
The 42-year-old man, who is from the Charleville area of north Cork, has been released and a file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Ms Collins, from Tralee but who had been living in recent years in Clashduv in Togher, was found dead in a flat on Popham’s Road yesterday when the emergency services were alerted shortly after 3am.
A post-mortem revealed that she died following a vicious assault in which she suffered head and neck injuries.
Despite efforts by emergency services to save the mum, she was pronounced dead at the scene.
She had been visiting the home on Popham’s Road a number of times in recent weeks and knew the suspected attacker.
The 42-year-old man was arrested at the property where the victim’s body was found and he was being detained at Mayfield Garda Station under the Criminal Justice Act.
An incident room has been established at Mayfield Garda Station and a family liaison has been appointed to work with Nicola Collins’s family.