Gardaí await test results in suspicious death investigations

GARDAÍ were last night awaiting the results of separate tests before deciding upon the course of two investigations which were launched after the discovery of two bodies over the weekend.

In Cork, a team of up to 30 gardaí and detectives conducted house-to-house inquiries on the city’s northside yesterday as the investigation continued into the death of a Polish man whose body was found in a house on Friday.

In Donegal, gardaí were awaiting the results of a post mortem carried out yesterday on the body of 36-year-old Sean Duffy from Meenacross, about three miles west of Dungloe.

Chief Superintendent Noel White said that Mr Duffy had suffered a number of injuries to his body, including blows to the head.

Mr Duffy was last seen alive at 2.30am on Saturday morning when he left his mother’s house nearby.

Earlier in the night he had been in the Strandview Bar in Maghery after which he drove home.

The post mortem carried out on the body of the Polish man found in a house in Farranree, Cork, on Friday morning proved inconclusive.

Gardaí are now awaiting the results of toxicology tests.

The dead man was named locally as Dariusz Piotrataszewski.

Married with children, the 36-year-old chef had arrived in Ireland only a fortnight ago and was renting the house with five fellow Poles.

His wife still lives in Poland.

His body was discovered in an upstairs bedroom at a house at Fairfield Road shortly before 9am on Friday.

Gardaí last night renewed their appeal for help.

Mr Piotrataszewski was 5’ 6” to 5’ 8” in height, of strong build, and was wearing blue jeans and blue sports shirt with a Sergio Tacchini logo.

Gardaí would like to talk to anyone who may have come in contact with the man between 6pm on Thursday evening and 1am on Friday morning.

Gardaí yesterday confirmed they are treating both deaths as suspicious.

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