Woman found dead may have been thrown down stairs

A man was last night being questioned by gardaí investigating the death of a mother-of-four who is thought to have died after being thrown down the stairs of her home.

The body of Liz Dempsey Duff, 47, was found at the foot of the stairs at her home in Lacken View, Naas, Co Kildare, on Sunday but she may have lay there for some hours before the alarm was raised.

Gardaí have been questioning a man in relation to Ms Duff’s death, which has shocked neighbours in the town.

Further tests, including a toxicology test, are due to be carried out on Ms Duff’s body in a bid to uncover how she died.

It is understood some of the injuries found on her body in an initial autopsy by State pathologist Marie Cassidy are consistent with a fall down stairs, although gardaí are trying to determine how the fall occurred.

It was initially though Ms Duff’s death was accidental, but the garda investigation was yesterday expected to be upgraded to one of murder. Gardaí said they would not release the autopsy results for operational reasons.

Gardaí have been questioning a 47-year-old man in Naas Garda Station since Monday, when he was arrested in the town.

His initial period of detention was extended on Tuesday. He is thought to be known to Ms Duff.

Ms Duff’s children — Keith, Hayley, Nicole, and Holly — are being comforted by family and friends yesterday.

They were not in the house at the time of their mother’s death.


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