Gardaí in Sligo investigating the discovery of a body in unexplained circumstances yesterday evening have now confirmed they have commenced a murder investigation.
They are also now investigating if the victim met his attacker online.
Gardaí were called to the house at Cartron Heights, Sligo at approximately 8.30pm where the body of the deceased, since named as Aidan Moffitt, had been discovered. Gardai say he had received significant physical injuries.
The scene remains preserved and the Garda Technical Bureau continue to conduct technical and forensic examinations at the house.
Earlier this afternoon, the man’s body was removed from the house and taken to University Hospital Sligo where a post mortem is due to take place by the State Pathologist.
Gardaí are now appealing for any person with any information on the murder to make contact.
Investigating Gardaí are appealing for any person who was in Cartron Heights or the general Cartron area on the afternoon of Monday, 11th April up to 8.30pm and who saw anything which drew their attention, to contact them.
Gardaí say they are actively investigating as to whether there is any hate related motive to the murder, and whether the deceased met his attacker online.
Investigating Gardaí can be contacted at a dedicated phone number at the incident room in Sligo Garda Station at 071 9157088, the Garda Confidential Line phone number 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.