The family of the Irishman killed in Mozambique have confirmed that he died as a result of a serious assault.

William Deasy, 32, was killed while he was working in Mozambique on a project for the Irish engineering and construction firm Kentz.

In a statement, the family said they wished to thank their son’s employers, and their family, friends and neighbours for their support at this time.

The family received the results of an autopsy on Mr Deasy’s remains this morning.

The results confirmed that he died from injuries sustained in a serious assault and not as a result of gunshot wounds.

“William was bright, intelligent, ambitious and dedicated himself to his new job with great pride and energy,” the family said in a statement.

“It was a measure of his determination and ability that he was shortly planning to further his qualifications by attending King's College in London.”

The family has appealed for privacy at this time, and in particular for privacy at Mr Deasy’s funeral.

A senior lecturer at the Cork Institute of Technology said his department was devastated when they heard of Mr Deasy's death.

Dr Daniel Cahill, who is head of the Department of Construction at CIT, described Mr Deasy as a wonderful student, very popular with his classmates and very engaged with his studies.

Mr Deasy had come to CIT as a mature student, having worked for a number of years as a plumber.

In 2011, he graduated with an honours Bachelor of Science degree in Quantity Surveying.