A well-known city taxi driver who was murdered when he was beaten over the head may have lain dead in his flat for several days, it was revealed tonight.
Michael Healy, 62, a separated father-of-two, was last seen alive some time around last Friday in Cork city centre.
He was found dead inside his one-bed flat in Rockspring, St Luke’s, by his brother yesterday morning. His family had not heard from him for a number of days.
Fifty gardaí have been taking statements from neighbours, friends and taxi rank colleagues to establish Mr Healy’s last movements.
Hundreds of hours of CCTV footage from areas around Patrick Street where Mr Healy worked are also being examined.
Superintendent Tom Myers said a number of possible motives for the killing were being investigated.
He added: “We have a substantial time window we are trying to fill. We are trying to find out where Mr Healy was from last Wednesday to 10am yesterday morning.”
No murder weapon has been recovered.
Mr Healy, originally from Grenagh, Co Cork, drove a black Toyota Avensis, registration 03-C-4073, and was also known to have worked the bus and train stations.
He had also had jobs as a cab driver in both the hackney and taxi business for about 30 years.
Derry Coughlan, Irish Taxi Drivers’ Federation official in Cork, said Mr Healy was a well-known figure on city ranks.
“He was a hard worker, a very honest man. He was well known to people in the city centre, to the local shoppers. And he was very caring. He was always caring for the old people and the feeble,” Mr Coughlan said.
“The taxi drivers are all taken aback.”
Mr Healy’s flat, one of 10 in a large, old terraced house converted into flats and bedsits, was sealed off for a technical examination.
Gardaí were also carrying out searches for the murder weapon around the area of his home.
Door-to-door inquiries were being carried out in the St Luke’s and Montenotte areas of Cork in an effort to trace Mr Healy’s last movements.
Supt Myers appealed for friends and colleagues who may have seen him since last Wednesday to come forward.
Detectives were also looking to speak to people who were living, working or socialising in the St Luke’s area and who may have witnessed anything since last Friday.