One Man Charged Following Attempt To Collect Dead Man's Pension

A 66 year old man was brought to a Carlow post office last Friday.

One man has been charged in relation to an attempt to collect a dead man's pension from a Carlow post office.   

Two men in their 30s were arrested yesterday and questioned at Carlow Garda Station.

It follows an incident last Friday morning which saw 66 year old Peadar Doyle brought to the post office on Staplestown Road by two men, in an effort to collect his pension.

A member of staff became suspicious and the two fled the scene. Gardaí and emergency services were notified and the man was declared dead some time later.

Two men had reportedly attempted to collect the Mr. Doyle's pension earlier that morning but were told by staff that the pensioner had to be present at the counter himself.

The two returned a short while later appearing to prop up Mr. Doyle who was wearing a woolly jumper over his face and a hat on his head.

Onlookers claimed his feet were “dragging” along the ground on the journey from his house a short walk from the shop.

No money was handed over to the men, and staff in the shop raised the alarm.

However, the two men fled the scene when staff became suspicious and Mr. Doyle was pronounced dead a short time later.

Of the two men arrested yesterday, one has been charged and is scheduled to appear before Kilkenny District Court this morning, with the other released from custody. His file is being prepared for the DPP.

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