SAD BALLYBAY TRAGEDY

23 March 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By PATSY McARDLE

THE people of Ballybay and over a wider area of North Monaghan were shocked at the weekend by the tragic death of a 57 local resident who was found lying inside the door at his residence in the town’s Lower Main Street area, early on Sunday morning last.
It was initially feared that Mr. Oliver McEntee might have been the victim of an assault at his home but after a post mortem examination carried out by the State Pathologist on Sunday afternoon, it was established the victim died from natural causes.
It was thought he may have sustained a heart attack, resultant in a fall at his home .
The late Mr. McEntee was found lying inside his dwelling at around 1.40 a.m. and despite efforts at resuscitation he was pronounced dead at 3.30 a.m.
Gardai from Ballybay under Sergt. Michael Bracken were immediately on the scene after the alert was raised and a full scale investigation into the circumstances of the victim’s death was launched by Supt. Noel Cunnigham, Carrickmacross, who called in a crime team from the Garda Technical Bureau for a forensic examination of the scene, which remained sealed off, on Sunday afternoon.
Gardai were treating the death of Mr. McEntee as “suspicious” until the outcome of the post mortem findings.
The deceased who was originally from North Monaghan had been living in Ballybay for a number of years.
The deceased’s family were from the Glaslough area and the sympathy of the entire local community is extended to his bereaved family circle.
An inquest will be held later.

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