Post mortems due on Kildysart victims

Post mortems due on Kildysart victims

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Fire fighters and a paramedic stand by the body of the woman where she died in the street – © Pat Flynn 2014

Gardaí have confirmed they are not seeking any other person in connection with last nights double tragedy in Kildysart.

A man aged 44 and a 27-year-old woman, both believed to be from South Africa, died in the town last night following a violent domestic incident. The couple have been named locally as Angelique and Cornelius Belling.

Gardaí and the fire brigade had been dealing with an unrelated incident at Main Street Kildysart when the drama unfolded on the opposite side of the street.

Fire crews from Ennis and Kilrush had responded to a fire at a local shop at around 7.30pm.

While firefighters were dealing the blaze a member of the fire service discovered a woman on the opposite side of the street with apparent injuries.

The woman is understood to have stumbled from her flat onto the street. She had an obvious wound to her chest. Fire fighters quickly grabbed their medical kits including oxygen and a defibrillator and set about treating the gravely injured woman.

In the meantime, an ambulance was requested to attend the incident.

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Emergency services personnel at the scene of last nights tragedy in Kildysart – © Pat Flynn 2014

Despite the best efforts of fire personnel, who performed CPR, the woman was pronounced dead at the scene. A blue and while tent covered her body where she died on the footpath.

Gardaí discovered a screaming child in a nearby house and quickly ran to investigate. They discovered the a man in an upstairs bedroom. The man had sustained serious injuries and was later pronounced dead at the scene despite the best efforts of gardaí and fire personnel to resuscitate him.

Gardaí were later seen carrying two young children, wrapped in blankets, from the house. It’s not believed they were injured and we being cared for by neighbours last night.

The area was sealed off for a technical examination while the Office of the State Pathologist was also contacted.

Gardaí have appealed for witnesses to the incident or anyone who may have been in Kildysart particularly on the Main St this evening between 6pm and 7.30pm to contact them in Kildysart on 065 6832102 the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

Gardaí have also confirmed that they are not looking for a third party in relation to this incident.

Locals could only watch from a distance as fire fighters battled to resuscitate the injured woman. Her body remained on a footpath where she died.

“I saw the firemen trying to help the woman. She was lying on the ground just next to the post office. She was there a while and there was no movement so I knew it was bad. Then I heard a man inside the house was also dead. I can’t believe it at all,” one local woman said.

It’s understood the couple and their two children had only moved to the area earlier in the year and were renting a flat over the local post office.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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