A coroner recommended that the public keep an eye on elderly neighbours particularly during the winter months.

Patrick O’Connor, Coroner for Mayo, made the comments at an inquest in Castlebar today into the death of 66-year-old Gerard Gavin with an address at Teevenish, Aughagower, Westport.

Mr. Gavin, a former agricultural adviser was found dead by his son, Kevin, on the floor of his kitchen on July 22nd last.

A consultant pathologist gave evidence to today’s inquest that the estimate date of death was July 19, three days before the body was found.

The medical cause of death was explained as ischaemic heart disease due to occlusive coronary atheroma.

Urging members of the public to keep an eye on neighbours, Coroner O’Connor said the attention could be diplomatic in nature rather than intrusive.

Greater attention as regards neighbours living alone was particularly important at this time of year, Mr. O’Connor stated.


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