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Sunday 24 September 2017

More arrests expected in bin-death investigation

Henryk Piotrowski whose body was found in a waste facility on August 23
Henryk Piotrowski whose body was found in a waste facility on August 23
Garda attend the scene after Henryk Piotrowski's body was found by staff unloading a waste truck at a Panda facility on Ballymount Road
Garda attend the scene after Henryk Piotrowski's body was found by staff unloading a waste truck at a Panda facility on Ballymount Road
Garda attend the scene after Henryk Piotrowski's body was found by staff unloading a waste truck at a Panda facility on Ballymount Road

Tom Brady Security Editor

GARDAI investigating the death of a homeless man who was suffocated and crushed to death in a commercial waste pick-up truck expect to make further arrests.

Two suspects, detained yesterday for questioning about a serious assault on 43-year-old Henryk Piotrowski, were still in garda custody last night.

Gardai now believe that Mr Piotrowski (pictured) received a savage beating before he was dumped into an industrial-sized bin, which was one of 55 collected by the truck on the morning of August 23 last.

Investigators initially thought he had climbed into the bin to seek shelter for the night and that marks on his head and body were old.

But further inquiries have indicated that he was attacked near the bin in Dublin city centre and then thrown into it.

The two suspects, a man in his 40s and a woman in her 30s, are both also Polish and homeless.

They were detained in the city centre at around 8am yesterday and taken to the investigation headquarters at Crumlin garda station on the southside of the city.

They can be detained without charge for up to 24 hours, excluding rest periods.

Gardai said they expect further arrests.

They do not believe any weapons were used in the assault.

A post mortem by Deputy State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis at Tallaght Hospital confirmed that the victim was still alive when the bin was emptied into the truck.

The truck, owned by Panda refuse and recycling, had set out at around 6am on a regular run stretching from Ranelagh to the Grand Canal to collect commercial waste and almost three hours later returned to the company's base at Ballymount industrial estate.

The binmen were completely unaware that Mr Piotrowski was in the truck until it was being emptied.

Gardai have been studying footage from CCTV cameras as part of their inquiries to establish where along the route the attack took place.

Mr Piotrowski had been living rough on the streets around the city for the past few years and CCTV footage showed he had been begging hours before the incident took place.

Irish Independent

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