RNC won’t say if fight related to sudden death

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The scene where a man was found dead on Monday, June 3 is seen in this file photo.

CORNER BROOK  The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary will not confirm whether a disturbance in Curling earlier this week is connected with the sudden death of David (Dick) O’Flaherty.

Mr. O’Flaherty, 51, was found dead in his Main Street bed-sitting room in the early evening of June 3.

A preliminary report from an autopsy indicated no cause of death could be determined at that point and the investigation into what happened to him is still ongoing.

Word among Mr. O’Flaherty’s family and friends was that he had been beaten up shortly before he was found dead. Concerns were also expressed by those who knew him that, with no arrest made in connection to his death, someone may take matters into their own hands and seek retribution.

Const. Scott Mosher, the RNC’s media relations officer, would not say Wednesday if that was what happened when a gang of men apparently assaulted another man two days earlier.

According to an email from the RNC regarding details of the disturbance, a 32-year-old man was beaten by a group of six or eight men on Curling Street at around 4 p.m. Monday afternoon. Police said none of the men could be identified at the time.

Paramedics from Western Health were called to the scene, but the man who was allegedly assaulted refused medical treatment.

About an hour later, according to the police, the man did request an ambulance and was transported to Western Memorial Regional Hospital. He was treated for injuries police say were not deemed to be life-threatening.

The RNC said it was unable to confirm if any weapons were present or used during the incident.

“I can’t confirm that it is connected and I have no official statement right now,” Mosher said in a phone interview Wednesday, when asked if the disturbance and sudden death were in any way related incidents.

As for the ongoing investigation into Mr. O’Flaherty’s death, Mosher said it will likely be a matter of weeks before any new information comes to light.

“We are still interviewing people,” said Mosher. “I wouldn’t be able to tell you if they are persons of interest or not.”

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Organizations: Western Memorial Regional Hospital

Geographic location: CORNER BROOK, Curling Street

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