Grave of murder victim vandalised in Castlecomer

Mary Cody

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Grave of murder victim vandalised in Castlecomer

Gerry Nolan

The grave of a man who died in suspicious circumstances at his home over 12 years ago was vandalised over the Christmas holidays.
The grave at the cemetery at the Clogh Road was vandalised on Christmas Eve and there was damage caused to ornaments and to photographs. Ornaments on the grave were smashed and a number of pictures were destroyed.
Gardaí are investigating the criminal damage and are following a line of enquiry. The incident took place between midnight on Christmas Eve and 9am on Christmas Day.
To date no arrests have been made in connection with the criminal damage.
Gerry Nolan died following a fire at his home at Deerpark in Castlecomer on July 24, 2006.
Investigation
In 2015 gardaí launched a murder investigation into the death of Gerry Nolan and that investigation is ongoing.
At the time, gardaí 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.
It was previously reported that a man was seen by a witness loitering around outside the caravan minutes before the fire started.
Superintendent Derek Hughes described Mr Nolan as “a generous, inoffensive and very well-liked” person and has renewed his appeal to people with information to come forward and contact gardaí in confidence.
Appeal
The senior investigating officer has issued an appeal to members of the public, particularly to those living in the Castlecomer area, for any information that they might have 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.