Assault victim died from head injuries, inquest hears

An assault victim who was found slumped on a city quay with blood pouring from his nose died from severe head and brain injuries, an inquest heard yesterday.

Assault victim died from head injuries, inquest hears

Cork city coroners court was told that gardaí are still investigating the death of Keith Flanagan, 34, from Dublin, as city coroner, Dr Myra Cullinane, opened and adjourned the inquest into his death.

It is believed Mr Flanagan had been involved in a row with another man before he was found injured on St Patrick’s Quay in the city centre on October 3 last.

Dr Cullinane read his cause of death into the record — a postmortem established that he died from brain swelling and contusion with intra-cerebral haemorrhage due to blunt force trauma to the head.

But the postmortem also found he had advanced alcoholic/viral liver disease with cirrhosis.

Mr Flanagan, a father of two from Castleknock, Co Dublin, had been staying in hostels in the capital and arrived in Cork on October 2. He was found by a passerby slumped on St Patrick’s Quay with blood coming from his nose late on the night of October 3.

It is believed he had been assaulted nearby sometime between 10pm and 11pm.

He was rushed to Cork University Hospital where he underwent surgery, but he died two days later.

Gardaí treated the death as suspicious and launched a major investigation, which was hampered by the fact that there are no CCTV images of the actual assault.

However, gardaí questioned a man who was on remand in Mountjoy Prison in an unrelated inquiry, about Mr Flanagan’s death.

Inspector Finbarr O’Sullivan told Dr Cullinane yesterday the investigation into Mr Flanagan’s death is ongoing. He applied for and was granted an adjournment until September.

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