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A verdict of accidental death was recorded at the inquest of a Caherciveen man whose body was found near a river.

 

Sixty-year-old Jeremiah O’Sullivan died from acute cardio respiratory failure due to drowning on October 16th, 2015.
Jeremiah O’Sullivan of Caharn Upper, Caherciveen was last seen in the town on the day before he died.

 

He had gone into the Centra store that evening to buy groceries.

 

His bicycle and the groceries were left outside the entrance to O’Connell Park near where his body was recovered, following a missing person search involving the coast guard.

coroners court

 

Garda Breda O’Donoghue told the inquest the river was low at the time and it was possible Mr O’Sullivan had gone in to the park to go to the toilet.

 

South Kerry Coroner Terence Casey asked if it was likely Mr O’Sullivan had slipped and fallen into the water rather than taken his own life.

 

A post-mortem examination carried out by Dr Margot Bolster at Kerry General Hospital revealed an ethanol reading of 187 microgrammes. There was no evidence of trauma.

 

Mr Casey told the jury it had to consider if someone who was intent on suicide would jump into a low river.

 

The jury returned a verdict of accidental death in accordance with the findings of the post mortem.