February 26, 2024

Carlow pensioner was dead before he was carried to post office: autopsy

A man who was carried to his local post office in Carlow by two men who tried to claim his pension died before the bizarre incident occurred, a preliminary autopsy has found.

The dead man has been named locally as Peadar Doyle (66), of Pollerton Road in Carlow.

There is nothing to suggest the 66-year-old died as a result of any foul play.

His body was brought into the post office shortly after 11am on Friday in an attempt to claim
his pension by two men in their 30s, one of whom knew the dead man well.

Gardai initially suspected the old age pensioner was dead for up to two days before he was brought into the post office.

But following the postmortem it is now believed he passed away three hours before being brought to the post office, according to reports this morning.

Gardai are continuing to investigate all circumstances surrounding the incident.

Last night one of the men who carried Mr Doyle to the post office expressed his condolences to the pensioner on social media.

Some other local people expressed their horror at the treatment of his remains. One woman wrote: ‘RIP Peader. How dare they strip you of your dignity in your most valuable time! I hope the true horror of their actions is made known to them.’

Peader Doyle’s funeral mass will take place at the Church of the Holy Family, Askea, Carlow at 11am tomorrow, with burial afterwards at St Mary’s Cemetery.


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