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Convicted Killer Conor Downey was killed in the Douglas House Fire

Convicted Killer Conor Downey was killed in the Douglas House Fire

Gardaí attended the scene of a fire on Tuesday afternoon. The man who died in a house fire in Douglas, Cork City, on Tuesday afternoon has been named locally as convicted killer Conor Downey.

In 1993, Downey was imprisoned for manslaughter after he admitted to killing Suzanne Redden a 26-year-old woman in 1988. He was killed because she withdrew consent when they were having sex. Her body parts were recovered, but her torso was never found.

He was jailed for three years in England for Margaret Donegal's murder. After he was released, he returned to Ireland & Cork in the late 1990s





In 2001, Downey was arrested by gardaí in Ireland for a rape that happened there in 1988. Gardaí testified she was badly beaten "They thought she was wearing a Halloween mask".

He was sentenced to 12 years in jail in 2004 but was released early with remission.

On Tuesday, a house fire broke out in the Cork City area before 3:15 pm. Three units from Cork City Fire Brigade responded to the fire, and Gárdaí confirmed that it was happening at a property on Douglas West Road.