BY JACKIE KEOGH
THE investigation into the murder of John Ustic in Skibbereen is ‘progressing well’, according to a garda superintendent.
Supt Ger O’Mahony, who is leading the investigation, told The Southern Star: ‘People have been very helpful and we would like to thank them for assisting us with our enquiries.
‘However, we are anxious to speak with a couple of people who were walking a white, medium-sized dog in the High Street area of Skibbereen at around 8pm on Monday, September 25th.
‘We would also like to speak to the driver of a silver Volkswagen Golf and the driver of a light-coloured Renault Fluence that passed the Chapel Lane car park at around the same because they may be able to assist us with our enquiries.’
The body of the 51-year old Englishman, Jonathon ‘John’ Ustic was found by his partner in the living room of their rental home at No 15 High Street, Skibbereen at 9am on Monday September 25th.
A post-mortem that was carried out by the State pathologist, Dr Marie Cassidy, found that Mr Ustic died from injuries he sustained in an assault.
A local man who found the man lying on the ground in the middle of the Chapel Lane car park reported seeing a large bruise on the left-hand side of his face.
The man had attempted to contact the gardaí on his landline but when he came back to his front door – which overlooks the car park – he saw two other men and another woman with Mr Ustic.
The man spoke to these people and offered to call an ambulance but they insisted on bringing Mr Ustic to his home, which is about 20 or more paces from the car park.
Gardaí have viewed all of the town’s CCTV footage and they said that too has been ‘helpful’ in their investigation.
Anyone with any information can contact Skibbereen Garda Station on 028 23088, or the Garda Confidential Telephone Line on 1800 666 111.