By Hayley Halpin
A murder inquiry has been launched into the murder of a mother of three in Cork, on Mother’s Day.
Gardaí believe Nicola Collins (39) was battered to death by a man she knew, in an apartment she was visiting last Sunday.
Gardaí are treating the death of the young woman as a murder following a post-mortem examination that found she died after a brutal assault which left her with multiple head and neck injuries.
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The discovery of her body was made at a house in Pophams Road, Farranree, Cork in the early hours of Monday morning at approximately 3:20am.
Gardaí preserved the scene for a technical examination.
The woman was pronounced dead at the scene and the body was taken to Cork University Hospital where the post-mortem was later carried out by the Assistant State Pathologist Dr. Margaret Bolster.
A 42 year old man was arrested at the scene and detained at Mayfield Garda Station under the provisions of Section 4 of The Criminal Justice Act 1984.
The man, who originated from Charleville in north Cork, was known to the woman, according to Independent.ie.
The man has since been released and a file is due to be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.
The house in which the body was found has been rented by a middle-aged man for a number of years.
According to Independent.ie, it is understood that Collins would occasionally stay overnight occasionally, mostly at weekends.
Uniformed Gardaí have begun door-to-door inquiries in the area.
An incident room has been established at Mayfield Garda Station and a Family Liaison Officer has been appointed in this case.
Gardaí are appealing for witnesses or to anyone who have any information regarding the investigation to contact Mayfield Garda Station on 021 4558510, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.