An Irish engineer robbed and murdered while working in Mozambique was killed for the cash he was carrying to pay local workers, detectives believe.
Quantity surveyor William Deasy was beaten to death four weeks ago today, after he left work at a mine on the north-east coast of the east African country.
The 32-year-old’s body was discovered two days later, near to where he lived, with his car found abandoned 200km away.
Investigators believe his killers knew he often carried big sums of cash to pay workers at Kentz engineering, according to sources.
During a meeting with Irish junior minister Joe Costello, police chiefs and government officials in Mozambique vowed to carry out a full and thorough investigation into the vicious attack.
“There is a family deeply bereaved; they had lost a loved one, a son, who was an extremely bright, capable young man and they lost a son at this distance,” said Mr Costello, in Mozambique.
“If any closure was to take place, there has to be a full and thorough investigation.
“Being here at this point and time it was appropriate to raise it at the highest level and I will be speaking to the family when I return.”
Mr Deasy, from Dublin Pike, north of Cork City, joined Kentz after he qualified from Cork Institute of Technology in 2011. He was working on a project at Kenmare’s Moma mine.
Mr Costello held talks with senior police and the country’s foreign affairs minister Oldemiro Baloi, at the Deasy family’s request.
The Irish minister was in the country to see the work of Irish Aid-funded projects.
Mr Deasy’s parents Pat and Abina and four siblings have described him as a bright, intelligent, ambitious man who was dedicated to his new job and planned to return to college.
A preliminary file being prepared for the public prosecutor’s office will be seen shortly by the family.
“I met various authorities to discuss the case and to get them to give commitments that there would be a full and thorough investigation and that no stone will be left unturned,” said Mr Costello.
He said authorities insist the attack was out of character for the country, which found peace 20 years ago after a bitter civil war.
“Mozambique is certainly a very safe county for Irish people to come to,” he said.
“Irish Aid has been here for many years and Irish companies and people arecoming in greater numbers to live and work and they do so in a safe environment.”
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