Men carried a corpse into post office ‘to claim his pension’: Body of man, 66, ‘was dragged to counter and propped up by pair who put a jumper over his face and a hat on his head’ in Ireland
- Peadar Doyle’s corpse was taken to Hosey’s shop in County Carlow by two men
- The fraudsters are alleged to have tried to claim his pension but were denied
- Staff at the shop questioned his wellbeing and the men told her he was having a heart attack
- No arrests have been made so far but Gardai are investigating and a post-mortem will take place
The corpse of a 66-year-old man was carried to a post office by two fraudsters in an alleged bid to claim his pension.
Irish police are investigating whether the elderly man, named as Peadar Doyle, may have been dead for two days when yesterday morning’s incident took place.
The fraudsters had put a jumper over Mr Doyle’s face and a hat on his head.
Both men, who were in their 30s, went into the post office and tried to get the money but staff told them they needed his next of kin there or Mr Doyle himself.
Afterwards, it is alleged they went to Mr Doyle’s home and carried him along a public footpath before they again tried to claim his pension.
His appearance led an employee at the Hosey’s shop in County Carlow to become concerned about his wellbeing and she asked if he was unwell.
The men are said to have told her that Mr Doyle was having a heart attack and placed his body on the ground.
Gardaí and an ambulance were called as events yesterday unfolded and the men stayed at the post office, making no attempt to escape, according to the Sunday World.
Pictured: Gardaí take Peadar Doyle’s body from Hosey’s shop in County Carlow, Ireland after fraudsters allegedly tried to claim Mr Doyle’s pension yesterday morning, putting a jumper over his face and a hat on his head
One woman said her daughter saw the two men carry a man into the post office.
Speaking to the Irish Independent, she said that the man looked unwell and that his feet were ‘dragging the ground.’
There was a queue outside of the post office at the time and people had initially thought the man was having a heart attack.
She said: ‘I feel awful for the staff. I’ve a 12-year-old daughter and I’m trying to explain to her what happened and sure where do you start? It’s awful.’
It is understood that the men told Gardaí Mr Doyle was alive when he was brought into the post office.
The men had told staff that Mr Doyle was having a heart attack when questioned about his wellbeing and placed the body on the ground. Pictured: Gardaí outside the shop in County Carlow yesterday
No arrests have been made so far but both men have been interviewed by Gardai and given statements.
The Gardaí are investigating if Mr Doyle died at a nearby property of natural causes.
Residents and neighbours of Mr Doyle are sad and shocked after the incident.
He was described as a ‘lovely man and neighbour’ by one and another said it had been a ‘sad night’ and a ‘shock.’
Mayor of Carlow, Ken Murnane, said: ‘I was absolutely shocked to hear about what happened.
‘I cannot believe anyone would do something like that. It beggars belief, I’m just shocked.’
A Garda spokesperson said Gardaí are investigating all the circumstances surrounding the unexplained death of an elderly male in the Carlow area on Friday morning.
They said: ‘The services of the Garda Technical Bureau and the Office of the State Pathologist have been requested,’
‘A post-mortem will be conducted by the Office of the State Pathologist, the results of which will determine the course of the investigation.
‘No further information is available at this time.’
No arrests have been made so far but both men have been interviewed by Gardai and given statements. Pictured: Gardai carry out investigations at the scene yesterday