Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Sadness at drowning of Mullingar waiter

Members of the family of a young Mullingar man, whose body was found in the Royal Canal close to the Harbour Bridge in Mullingar last Wednesday, June 11, told Topic this week they have not ruled out foul play after his sudden and untimely passing.

Delshad Mohammadi, just 26 years old, and originally from Kurdistan but living and working in Mullingar for several years, was first seen by schoolchildren in the canal on Wednesday morning, according to the Gardaí. They are working on the theory that Delshad, known to many locally as ‘Del’, may have taken his own life.
“A post-mortem has been carried out,” a Garda spokesperson told Topic on Tuesday afternoon.
However, a grieving family member told TOPIC that this explanation would be totally out of character for the popular young man, who was a hugely popular and well-loved waiter at “Pasta Bella” in Austin Friars Street for the past five years. He said the family are in shock.
Gardaí say the deceased man was picked up on CCTV heading towards Oliver Plunkett Street before further footage at 1am shows him in Harbour Street.
The Garda spokesperson then said that youngsters going to exams at 9am saw human hands up in the water at Harbour Bridge. They reported this and a Garda operation took place to recover the body. The Harbour Bridge and canal were closed to the public for some time, and members of Mullingar Sub Aqua Club assisted in the recovery of Mr Mohammadi’s remains at approx 2pm.

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