Autopsy of Irish soldier who drowned in luxury holiday home in Spain confirms no ‘defense wounds’

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Private Gerard McMahon drowned in a luxury Costa del Sol vacation home, an autopsy has confirmed.

Forensic experts also confirmed that there were no “injuries to the defense” that could indicate a crime took place and concluded that the police were correct in classifying it as a tragic accident.

The 24-year-old was pronounced dead last Friday in a villa rented for € 8,500 per week in the upscale seaside resort of Marbella after being taken out of the pool by friends.

The results of the first toxicological tests have not been made public, although tissue samples taken from the deceased man should now be analyzed in a specialized laboratory, the results not due for several weeks.

Police sources confirmed over the weekend that the group of friends Gerard, who lived in Killaloe, Co. Clare with, went out to party the day before his death.

A source close to the investigation confirmed today: “The autopsy confirmed the cause of death as submersion or drowning.

“No signs of defensive injuries that could have suggested there was anything other than a tragic accident were found during the autopsy.”

On Wednesday, it emerged that Mr McMahon, who had joined the military in January 2017 and was based at Dun Ui Mhaoliosa Barracks in Galway, had just returned from a six-month tour of Syria with the 63rd Infantry Group. .

The Defense Forces said he served “with distinction”.

Gérard comes from a large GAA family and the local club Ogonnelloe where he played paid tribute to him after hearing the devastating news of his death.

A spokesperson for the club said: “It is with deep shock and sadness that we learned today of the sudden passing of our young member and friend, Gerard McMahon.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his parents Pat and Carmel, his sister Bríd and the entire McMahon family at this extremely difficult time.”

Matches went smoothly over the weekend in accordance with his family’s wishes but a minute’s silence was observed before each match.

Police said over the weekend that they had seen nothing suspicious in Gérard’s death.

A source said: “It appears he went out with friends and may have drowned after taking a dip in the pool on his return, although this is still under investigation. investigation.”

The alarm was given shortly before 10:30 am last Friday.

Local reports said Gerard’s friends found him floating in the pool when they got up and managed to pull him out of the water before alerting emergency services.

The luxury villa where neighbors said the tragedy occurred is a six-bed house with a pool in a tree-lined cul-de-sac just steps from the upscale port of Puerto Banus.




It is on a residential estate called Finca La Judia, although that is not the name of the property as a local Spanish newspaper reported at the time.

The house is available for rent at this time of year for around € 8,500 per week according to travel websites.

The large palm-fringed swimming pool where the Irishman’s body was found overlooks a magnificent mountain behind Marbella called La Concha, in English for The Shell.

A neighbor said the day after the tragedy: “There were young people staying in the house.

“I saw them going out to dinner the other day and found out that someone had died there after the night I saw them. It’s terrible to think that someone so young has lost their life here.



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