Castlecomer murder investigation launched

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Gardai have launched a murder investigation into the death of Gerry Nolan who was killed in Castlecomer nine years ago.

Gardai have launched a murder investigation into the death of Gerry Nolan who was killed in Castlecomer nine years ago.

Mr Nolan died as a result of a fire in July 2006. At the time gardai carried out a full investigation and Mr Nolan was found to have died as a direct result of the fire.

The investigation has remained open and a number of recent lines of enquiry have resulted in additional new evidence which has led to the upgrading of the case to murder.

Acting Detective Inspector Derek Hughes issued an appeal to members of the public, particularly to those living in the Castlecomer area, for any information that they might have that might assist into the circumstances that surrounded Gerry Nolan’s death.

“We know that there are people out there who have information in their possession which they were not willing to share previously. We hope that with the passage of time people’s perspective and attitude and network of association might change and they might now find themselves in a position to contact us,” he said.

The senior investigating officer described Mr Nolan as ‘a generous, inoffensive and very well-liked’ person and appealled to people with information to come forward and contact gardai in confidence. Anyone with information is asked to contact Kilkenny gardai on (056) 7775000.

A reconstruction of the events leading up to Mr Nolan’s death will be aired next Monday on RTE’s Crimecall at 10pm.