September 28, 2023

Man murdered in his home close to Kilkenny border was ‘nicest fella you would ever meet’, say friends

A 53-YEAR-OLD man who was beaten to death in his home just miles from the Kilkenny border was described as a “kind-hearted” man by shocked friends today.

The victim has been named locally as John Lowe. He was discovered unconscious at his home in Portlaw, Co Waterford, yesterday evening but later died of his injuries.

A full post-mortem examination was carried out on his remains today.

It is understood the victim sustained severe head injuries consistent with having been beaten with an implement such as a hammer or heavy bar.

Gardaí and paramedics were called to the property at the Coolfin Meadows estate in Portlaw shortly before 3pm after it was reported a man had been injured following a confrontation.

He was rushed to University Hospital Waterford (UHW) but was pronounced dead a short time later.

A man in his 20s was later arrested at the scene. He was taken to Tramore garda station where he is being questioned under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.

The young man is from the Waterford area. He can be held for an initial period of 24 hours.

The scene remains cordoned off pending a full forensic examination by members of the Garda Technical Bureau.

It is understood the arrested man was known to the deceased, though they are not related.

A friend of the deceased described him as a “kind-hearted” man.

“John was the nicest fella you would ever meet in your life. He’s from the area, but had been working as a labourer in the UK,” he told the Irish Independent.

“He had no children and never married, all he had was his dog and some family members.”

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