A garda investigation into a road traffic collision which claimed the life of a 78-year-old farmer from the Cong area of County Mayo hasn’t yet been completed but should be finalised in the next number of weeks.

Garda Supt Joe McKenna confirmed that today at an inquest into the death of Martin Lydon, Creevagh South, Cong, near The Neale, on March 15th, last year.

The Coroner for Mayo, Pat O’Connor explained to a sister of the deceased that the garda investigation may or may not lead to a person being prosecuted at another venue.

The inquest was opened by the coroner and adjourned to December 20th in Swinford Courthouse after evidence had been heard from investigating garda Sharon Murray (Ballinrobe) and consultant pathologist Dr. Fadel Bennani who carried out a post mortem.

Garda Murray gave evidence that Mr. Murray, a single man, was pronounced dead at the scene of the road traffic accident and his body was taken to University Hospital Castlebar for a post mortem .

Dr. Bennani gave the cause of death multiple injuries including ruptured spleen and liver with multiple fractures.

There were no head injuries and tests for blood alcohol proved negative, the pathologist explained.

After hearing evidence from Garda Murray and Dr. Bennani, the coroner adjourned the hearing to Swinford Courthouse on December 20th for mention.



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