A retired barman found dead in his own home may have been murdered for a flat screen television, it emerged today.
Detectives investigating the killing of Donal Manley, in Cork, are trying to track down a man seen walking away from his house with a television under his arm.
The flat screen model matched the description of one missing from the 62-year-old’s High Street home, near Capwell, when his battered body was found on Sunday evening.
Eye-witnesses have come forward to report seeing a man wearing a red jacket who was acting suspiciously and carrying a television near the house on Friday evening between 5pm and 6pm.
Supt Michael Finn, of Anglesea Street garda station, who is heading up the murder investigation, insisted they were keeping an open mind as to the motive.
But investigators are anxious to find the man who was seen walking in the direction of Douglas Road and who may have hailed a taxi.
Supt Finn confirmed that they are not looking for any weapon and there was no sign of any forced entry into the two-storey terraced house.
A post mortem examination by Assistant State Pathologist Declan Gilsenan found that Mr Manley died from serious head injuries.
Detectives believe the victim, originally from Grenagh, near Blarney, Co Cork, may have known his killer and let him into his home.
Another theory is that the culprit may have tricked his way into the house or was disturbed during a burglary.
The family of Mr Manley, a single man who was living on his own, are helping gardaí to determine if any other items were removed from the house.
Residents raised the alarm on Sunday after becoming concerned that they hadn’t seen their long-time neighbour for two days.
Investigating officers forced their way into the house, with the help of firefighters, where they found his body.