Wife finds husband dead with knife in chest

A WATERFORD father-of-two was found yesterday by his wife lying in a pool of blood with a butcher’s knife embedded in his chest.

A post-mortem examination was carried out last night on the body of James McNamara, 57, who was discovered on the landing of his home yesterday morning.

Mr McNamara, from Parks Road, Lismore, was pronounced dead at the scene following the gruesome discovery by his wife Catherine shortly after 9am. The alarm was raised immediately and gardaí cordoned off the house.

The investigation into the death is being headed up by Supt Michael Blake from the Dungarvan regional headquarters. He said the circumstances of the death of the Tallow native are being fully investigated and that there would be no further official statement pending the result of the post mortem.

That examination was carried out at Cork University Hospital last night by Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster, who had earlier completed a preliminary examination on the body at the McNamara home.

A team of forensic experts from garda headquarters also carried out a detailed examination of the scene before the removal of the body to the Cork hospital.

The dead man’s wife was being comforted by relatives and neighbours.

It is known the deceased, who had attended the wedding of his nephew last Saturday, had been out for a few social drinks on Monday night. However, he sustained a slight head injury in an accidental fall on his way home and received medical treatment.

Described by neighbours as a quiet and inoffensive man, he had retired a few years ago for health reasons.

“Jim was a friend of everyone, the best neighbour in the world, and every Parks Road resident is devastated by his death,” one neighbour said.

“He was a big man in physique but a gentle giant in every sense,” another added.

Yesterday’s tragedy came less than a week after the discovery of the body of 37-year-old mother-of-one, Lorraine Crowley, in a bedroom of her home in Dungarvan.

Supt Blake is also heading up that investigation and a 29-year-old Waterford city man is in custody after being charged at a special court in Dungarvan on Saturday night with assaulting Ms Crowley.

He is due to appear again before today’s sitting of Dungarvan District Court.

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