Gardaí seek to trace family of Bandon deceased

Gardaí investigating the death of a man in Bandon, Co Cork have appealed for information on the family and background of the deceased.

Gardaí seek to trace family of Bandon deceased

Gardaí investigating the death of a man in Bandon, Co Cork have appealed for information on the family and background of the deceased.

The man, whose body was found in the river Bandon downstream from the west Cork town yesterday morning, is believed to be 42-year-old Englishman John Forrester.

Gardaí said it was still unclear which part of the UK Mr Forrester originates from, but he is believed to have come from the Blackpool area.

The investigation into the death of Mr Forrester, who lived at the Bridge House apartments in the centre of Bandon, was earlier today upgraded to a murder probe.

"As part of this murder investigation gardaí are anxious to make contact with the family of the deceased," gardaí said.

Garda sub-aqua divers yesterday recovered the body of Mr Forrester from the river. He is understood to have suffered a violent death, having reportedly sustained several stab wounds.

Reports said he was found with hands and feet bound, and his body partially wrapped in a rug or blanket.

The murder investigation is the second to be launched in the west Cork town in as many days.

Eoin English reports from Bandon as Gardaí confirm the establishment of a second murder enquiry

Video footage: Irish Examiner photographer Dan Linehan. Reporter: Eoin English

Yesterday evening a man and a woman were charged with murder in connection with the death of 27-year-old local man Jonathan Duke.

Mr Duke's body was found on Monday, also in the River Bandon, adjacent to the Bridge House apartments.

Last night Catherine O’Connor, aged 35, of 3 Bridge House in Bandon, and Ciprian Grozavu, aged 37, a Romanian national with the same address, were formally charged with the murder of Mr Duke at Bridge House on November 13.

A crowd of around 300 gathered at the courthouse as the two were charged, shouting abuse as they were led away.

The scene outside Bandon courthouse last night

Clip captured by Conor Hallahan

Tonight gardaí are appealing for anyone with information surrounding the death of Mr Forrester, or anyone who may have information as to his origins or family, to contact gardaí at Bandon on 023-8852200, or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666-111 or any garda station.

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