Friday 23 June 2017

Torturer wanted to belittle victim, trial told

Ann Healy

A Lithuanian man told gardai he shoved an iron bar up another man's rectum and then urinated on him to belittle him because he owed him money for drugs, a court heard.

Gintautas Bagdonas (32) and his co-accused Aurelijus Zrielskis (36) both deny the false imprisonment of Jaan Eemon (33), at Francis Cottage, Menlo, Galway, on May 25 last year.

They also deny intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Mr Eemon in a shed beside the thatched cottage on the same date.

The men's trial at Galway Circuit Criminal Court heard evidence that, during interviews with gardai, Mr Bagdonas said he alone carried out the assault because Mr Eemon owed him almost €3,000 for heroin.

"I tied him up with cables and beat him with a sledgehammer. I took a piece of metal and pushed it in his ass a few times. I pissed on him and called him a faggot," Mr Bagdonas is alleged to have told gardai.

"In our country, if you piss on somebody or shove something up their ass, he is no longer equal to you."

Mr Bagdonas denied that he was shielding Mr Zrielskis because he was afraid of him.

Beating

"He was not there. He (Mr Eemon) took the beating. I made a mistake, I will do the time," said Mr Bagdonas.

Mr Eemon, an Estonian carpenter and heroin addict, said both the accused broke his elbows and hand with a sledgehammer and that Mr Bagdonas shoved a wooden stick up his rectum.

"Gintautas Bagdonas took off my trousers and inserted a wooden stick up my rectum. It was very painful.

"They then took the stick out and held it to my face and Zrielskis took pictures of me with his mobile phone.

"They put a board between my arms and back and broke both my elbows, using a sledgehammer. They took turns with the sledgehammer, both of them hitting me," Mr Eemon said.

The trial continues today.

Irish Independent

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