The body of John Forrester is recovered. Pic: Denis Boyle

THE funeral of John “Johnny English” Forrester whose body was recovered from the River Bandon in mid-November about a mile downstream from Bandon Bridge is unlikely to be buried until well into January.

Gardaí launched a murder probe following the discovery of the 42-year-old father of four’s body who died from multiple stab wounds to his head and neck.

The body was also bound hand and foot and wrapped in a rug.

His body was recovered from the river just 36 hours after another body, that of local man Jonathan Duke was also pulled from the river.

Originally from Blackpool in England, Mr Forrester had been living in Bandon for some time.

Members of his family were eventually tracked down in Blackpool and Lincoln and earlier this month his sister, niece and nephew travelled to Bandon to lay a wreath where his body was found and also met with members of the Duke family.

Mr Forrester’s body will not be released from CUH until the coroner is satisfied no further forensic tests will be needed, which could be several weeks due to the complex investigation.

Mr Forrester and Mr Duke both lived at Bridge House in Bandon.

Two people have been charged with the murder of Mr Duke but the investigation into Mr Forrester’s murder are continuing.