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Murder suicide gardai not looking for suspect; Autopsies show OAP killed wife & took his own life.

Byline: ROBERT HYNES

GARDAI are not looking for anyone else in relation to the deaths of an elderly couple after postmortems were carried out.

The investigations indicated Tom Fitzgerald, 75, killed his 72-year-old wife Kitty before he took his own life in the tragedy that shocked Co Mayo.

Their son Paul was found nearby with severe head injuries and is still in a critical but stable condition in Beaumont Hospital.

In a statement yesterday a Garda spokesman said: "The Deputy State pathologist Dr Michael Curtis completed the postmortems on the bodies of Tom and Kitty Fitzgerald on Thursday.

"The results of the postmortem examinations have been passed to the investigation team and are not being released to the public for operational reasons.

"Arising from the postmortem examinations, gardai are not seeking any other person in relation to this crime." He added the couple's bodies have been released to their family.

He said: "The Garda Technical Bureau has completed their forensic examination.

"Gardai want to thank the local community and the media for their assistance and would continue to appeal for any person who saw or heard anything suspicious or unusual in the Knockadoon area between Sunday night and Tuesday afternoon to contact them at Claremorris Garda station on 094-9372080, the Garda Confidential line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station."

Irishtown is still trying to come to terms with the tragedy and to comprehend the horrific nature of what happened in their peaceful rural community.

Tom, a retired painter and decorator, and wife Kitty were heavily involved in the local church.

It's understood Tom, a much respected figure in the GAA, had been suffering from depression lately having had to quit work following a fall.

The couple's removal will take place at 8pm tonight in Irishtown Community Centre. Their funeral Mass will be held at the Church of the Holy Family, Irishtown, at noon tomorrow.

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