Man charged with murdering his brother in Lancaster

A man has been charged with murdering his brother in Lancaster.

Thursday, 10th September 2020, 9:13 am
Updated Thursday, 10th September 2020, 10:17 am

Kieran Cuffe, 48, of Dunkeld Street, Lancaster was charged with murder yesterday evening (Wednesday, September 9) following the sudden death of his brother Seamus Cuffe.

Police discovered the body of Seamus, 46, at a home in Chestnut Grove at 10.15am on Monday (September 7).

A post-mortem examination has been carried out but police say the cause of death has not been confirmed at this stage.

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Seamus Cuffe, 46, was found dead at a home in Chestnut Grove, Lancaster at 10.15am on Monday (September 7). Pic: Google

On Saturday (September 5), police had been called to reports of a man being attacked near Barclays Bank in the city centre at around 6.45pm.

Detectives soon established that Seamus had been the victim in the city centre attack and their investigation into his sudden death led them to the arrest of his brother on suspicion of murder.

After consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service, Kieran Cuffe was charged with the murder of his younger brother.

Detective Chief Inspector Gareth Willis, of the Force Major Investigation Team, said: "My thoughts remain with Seamus Cuffe’s loved ones and we have specially trained officers supporting the family.

"While we have now charged a man, I would continue to appeal to anyone who may have information to contact us.

"I am especially keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the altercation on Saturday or who has any mobile phone footage. I would urge them to come forward.

"Likewise, we need to understand Seamus’ recent movements and so I am keen to speak with anyone who had contact with him at any point on Saturday through to him sadly being found deceased on Monday morning."

Seamus' brother Kieran Cuffe is due to appear before Preston Magistrates’ Court today charged with murder (Thursday, September 10).

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting log 1477 of September 5 or independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.