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Thursday 18 September 2014

Polish man may have been killed over drugs

Fourth man arrested over murder after body of victim discovered in river

NIAMH HORAN and JIM CUSACK

Published 22/06/2014 | 02:30

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The scene at the M6 motorway bridge over the Shannon at Bogginfin, Athlone where the body of a Polish man was recovered by Gardai.
Photo: Tony Gavin 21/06/2014
The scene at the M6 motorway bridge over the Shannon at Bogginfin, Athlone where the body of a Polish man was recovered by Gardai. Photo: Tony Gavin 21/06/2014
The scene at the M6 motorway bridge over the Shannon at Bogginfin, Athlone where the body of a Polish man was recovered by Gardai.
Photo: Tony Gavin 21/06/2014
The scene at the M6 motorway bridge over the Shannon at Bogginfin, Athlone where the body of a Polish man was recovered by Gardai. Photo: Tony Gavin 21/06/2014
The dead man posted an image of Robert De Niro online shortly before his death
The dead man posted an image of Robert De Niro online shortly before his death

The young Polish man found dead in the Shannon on Friday evening is believed to have been beaten to death over a minor drugs debt.

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The dead man appeared to have been aware he was in trouble and posted an image of Robert de Niro online with the words: "Some people will never like me and I will never give a f**k" last Thursday, his last posting before being killed.

A total of four men have been arrested in connection to the death.

Three men were arrested yesterday - but two of these have since been released from Mullingar Garda Station. A man in his 30s remains in custody in Athlone Garda station.

A fourth man was arrested by investigating gardai overnight and is currently detained in Athlone Garda Station. It's believed all those arrested were Polish.

Gardai said they were treating the case as murder.

It is believed three men travelled to Athlone from Dublin earlier on Friday to collect a drugs debt.

The identity of the dead man is being withheld until his family in Poland are told.

The dead man was known to gardai but only in relation to minor offences including one for possessing cannabis.

His body was found partially submerged in an area known as Bogginfin outside Athlone town at around 8.25pm on Friday.

It is understood that a friend of the dead man had been assaulted earlier on Friday. Gardai received a report of a man believed to be the dead man being bundled into a car by three men at about teatime on Friday.

Images posted on his Facebook page show he had an interest in body-building, cars and outdoor sports. At the start of the good weather last weekend he was calling on friends to join him for beers and "a spliff".

A post-mortem examination was carried out yesterday at University Hospital Galway.

Gardai are questioning the three men arrested on Friday night at Athlone and Mullingar Garda Stations under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

Gardai have sealed off the scene for a technical examination.

They are also appealing for anyone with information in relation to the man's death to contact them at Athlone Garda Station.

Sunday Independent

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