Gardai reveal mum-of-two may have been dead for ‘some time’ before body found
12th May 2022
Gardai investigating the murder of a mum-of-two in north Dublin have revealed her death may have occurred some time before her body was discovered.
The body of Lisa Thompson was found at her home in Sandyhill Gardens in Ballymun on Tuesday afternoon.
Speaking at Ballymun Garda Station on Wednesday, Superintendent Darren McCarthy said Ms Thompson was the victim of a ‘serious physical assault and had suffered significant injuries’.
The scene remains preserved, with a technical and forensic examination still being carried out.
Gardai also announced that an an incident room has been established at Ballymun Garda Station, as they look further into the circumstances surrounding the murder.
The body of Ms Thompson was removed on Tuesday evening to the Dublin city morgue, with a post-mortem examination carried out on Wednesday morning.
Mr McCarthy said: ‘A family liaison officer has been appointed to Lisa’s family and An Garda Siochana will continue to keep the family informed and support them at this time.
‘Lisa was a 52-year-old woman, she was well known in her local community, which is shocked over the violent and traumatic death of Lisa.’
He said gardai are ‘following all lines of inquiry’ in relation to her death, with no motive yet established.
‘We are keeping an open mind in relation to the investigation and I can reassure the members of the community, An Garda Siochana’s best team is in place to ensure this investigation is fully carried out to bring the culprit to the courts of justice.’
He indicated gardai have no knowledge of any threats against Ms Thompson before her violent death and said investigating officers are retaining an ‘open mind’ on whether she knew her attacker.
Mr McCarthy confirmed no children were in the house at the time of the attack and said he believes Ms Thompson had lived alone.
On Tuesday May 10, at approximately 3.30pm, Gardaí were called to a home at Sandyhill Gardens following an alert from the Dublin Fire Brigade who had responded to a 999 call.
Lisa’s body was then removed from the scene to the City morgue, where the Chief State Pathologist, Dr. Linda Mulligan commenced a post mortem on Wednesday morning.
Officer McCarthy has urged that gardai are looking into all lines of enquiry as they further seek out the circumstances and motive surrounding Lisa’s tragic death.
‘I would like to thank the community for the cooperation and assistance received so far and information received from across the community, continues to assist us in our investigation.’ the superintendent said.
© Provided by Extra.ieA technical and forensic examination of the house is ongoing by the Garda Technical Bureau, as Lisa’s family and the Ballymun community try to come to terms with the tragic and sudden passing. Pic: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin
‘I appeal to anyone with any information on this violent murder to contact us at Ballymun Garda station. No matter how insignificant you think it may be, we need to hear from you.’
Gardai appealed to any person with information on Lisa’s movements from Saturday 7th May 2022 up to yesterday Tuesday 10th May 2022 to get in touch.
Likewise, anyone with video footage from the Sandyhill area of Ballymun, and the surrounding area for that period between Saturday 7th May 2002 to Tuesday 10th May 2022 at 3.30pm should contact investigating Gardaí at Ballymun Garda Station at 01 6664400, the Garda Confidential Line phone number 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.