MYSTERY surrounds how marks on the body of the late Tony Barrett got there while there is no firm evidence, at this stage, to suggest he was murdered. However, gardai are awaiting the results of toxicology and other tests before deciding whether the enquiry should be upgraded or left as a suspicious death.
Meanwhile, investigations into the death of Mr Barrett on Thursday evening at a house in Fatima Place, off the Kennyswell Road are continuing.
Gardai have not identified any suspect in the case and there is no apparent reason why anyone would want to harm the man who was unmarried and returned last year from overseas.
It is understood that Supt. Padraig Dunne of Kilkenny Garda Station was in Dublin yesterday (Tuesday) at a case conference with members of the State Pathologist’s office to determine exactly how Mr Barrett died and to ascertain the medical expert’s explanation of how he died.
Meanwhile, gardai are continuing their door-to-door enquiries around Fatima Place where his body was found, at Parliament Street where he lived and around the Blackmill Street area where Mr Barrett is believed to have spent a significant part of Wednesday and Thursday in the company of another man who was his drinking companion. There have been no arrests in the case and no one has been brought to the garda station for questioning.
And Cllr Maurice Shortall paid tribute to the man he knew as a youngster growing up alongside him. “I knew Tony Barrett as a bright, quiet and unassuming person,” Cllr Shortall said. “My abiding memory of Tony was watching him help his late dad, Jack and mum, Mary prepare firewood for sale in the local hinterland. Jack Barrett went to his eternal reward in 2002. Tony has lived away from home for a number of years,” he said.
Anyone with information has been asked to contact the incident room at Kilkenny garda station on 0567775000 or the garda confidential line on 1800666111. body