Saturday 24 June 2017

Gardaí issue appeal after man beaten to death with 'iron bar' at truck stop

A friend of the dead man was also discovered nearby with non-life threatening injuries

Pike Road, Fermoy near where the man was discovered. Picture: Google Maps
Pike Road, Fermoy near where the man was discovered. Picture: Google Maps
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

Gardaí have arrested two men following a suspected fatal assault on an East European man near a Cork truck stop.

The deceased, a 40 year old East European national, was discovered lying near a parked vehicle in a popular truck stop off the Pike Road in Fermoy, Co Cork shortly after 10.30pm on Tuesday night.

The grim discovery was made by nearby garage staff who were alerted by a number of drivers parked overnight who complained of hearing shouting and sounds consistent with a fracas.

Despite desperate efforts to revive the man, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Initial reports indicated that the man may have sustained head injuries.

A friend of the man was also discovered nearby with non-life threatening injuries.

The man was treated at the scene by paramedics and is understood to have told Gardaí that the duo were apparently attacked by two other men after a dispute erupted.

It is believed the injured man is also an East European national.

He was taken to Cork University Hospital (CUH) for treatment and remains in a stable condition.

Both have been living and working in Ireland for a number of years.

Fermoy Gardaí cordoned off the scene pending a full forensic and technical examination today.

It is understood that a suspected weapon, an iron bar, was recovered from the scene.

Door-to-door inquiries will also be conducted with several large housing estates located within 100m of the area.

It is understood that CCTV security camera footage will play a key role in the investigation.

Two men, in their early 40s and late 20s, were arrested by Gardaí under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 and taken to Fermoy and Mallow Garda Stations for questioning.

They are also understood to be East European nationals.

Gardaí in Fermoy are appealing for witnesses following to the fatal assault.

The body of the deceased has been removed from the scene to Cork University Hospital where a post-mortem will take place later today by Dr. Margaret Bolster, State Pathologist.

Investigating gardaí are appealing for witnesses, in particular any persons who were in the vicinity of Pyke Road/Dublin Road between the hours of 8.30 pm and 10.30pm last night, Tuesday, February 21, 2017 to contact the incident room at Fermoy Garda Station on 025 - 82100, the Garda Confidential Line 1 800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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