London, Jan 22 (AP) Irish police are investigating reports that the body of a dead man was brought to a post office in an attempt to collect his pension.
The Irish Times said a man who appeared to be in his 60s was dragged through the Carlow town post office on Friday, supported by two younger men.
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Questioned by staff, the two men fled, leaving behind the older man, who was found dead.
Ireland’s national police, the Garda Siochana, would not discuss the details of the case, but said officers were investigating the circumstances surrounding the “unexplained death of an elderly man” in the Carlow area.
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The force said an autopsy would be carried out to determine the cause of the man’s death.
According to the Irish Times, one of the young men had inquired about collecting someone’s pension and was told the recipient had to be present.
With the help of a companion, he would have returned with the body of the deceased, the newspaper reported.
Carlow Mayor Ken Murnane said the allegations left residents in shock.
“It’s just mind-boggling that anyone can do something like this,” Murnane said. “It’s beyond comprehension. It’s like a Hitchcock movie. (PA)
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