Waterford murder victim Joe O’Brien savagely kicked to death

A 60-year-old grandfather was savagely kicked to death after he tried to flee from an alcohol-fuelled row in an apartment complex.

Gardaí will today open a murder investigation into the death of Joe O’Brien, whose battered body was discovered in a Waterford flat.

It is believed that O’Brien was killed when an alcohol fuelled row between him and others got out of hand. The father of two struggled with alcoholism in recent years.

The body of the former factory worker and delivery driver was discovered in the Scotch Marsh House complex overlooking Waterford city quays when gardaí responded to a 999 call to Waterford Garda Station at around 9.45 pm on Tuesday night.

Gardaí and ambulance arrived and found the man with head injuries and he was unresponsive.

CPR was carried out, and a doctor called, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

A number of inquiries were then made by gardaí at the scene, as a result of which two people, a 47-year-old man and a 39-year-old woman, were arrested.

They were being held under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act at Waterford city garda station, where they could be held for 24 hours from the time of their arrest.

Superintendent Chris Delaney of Waterford Gardaí has revealed that up to 50 gardaí including crime scene investigators are working on the case.

Gardaí have appealed to anyone who may have noticed anything unusual in the area between 9.30 pm and 10.30 pm last night to contact them at Waterford Garda Station on 051-305300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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