Wednesday 22 November 2017

Murder trial told Polish man suffered horror beating

Natasha Reid

A 'MODEL worker' was attacked and beaten so badly he had brain tissue protruding from his nostrils.

A murder trial at the Central Criminal Court has heard that Lukasz Rzeszutko (27) received catastrophic injuries in a fatal attack on his way to work in Coolock in north Dublin.

Three men from Dublin are charged with murdering the Polish national on October 4, 2010.

Edward Byrne (21), of Cabra Park, Cabra; Stephen Byrne (18), of St Donagh's Road, Donaghmede (not related); and Martin Morgan (20), of Tonlegee Road, Raheny; have all pleaded not guilty to his murder.

Prosecutor Aileen Donnelly said Mr Rzeszutko died in Beaumont Hospital as a result of skull and brain injuries sustained on October 2. The fatal injuries were caused by a blunt instrument.

She said: "Each of them (the accused) participated in the assault and each had the intention to kill or at least cause serious injury to Mr Rzeszutko."

Ms Donnelly said Mr Rzeszutko was hard-working and his employer in Kish Fish, Tadhg O'Meara, viewed him as "a model worker".

The victim usually walked to and from work, and on the day he was attacked he was due in to work early in the morning.

A colleague leaving work at 4.30am drove out the gate of Kish Fish and saw a person lying on the ground, but didn't recognise him.

"He had brain tissue protruding from his nostrils," said Ms Donnelly. "The doctor treating him took the view that his injuries were un-survivable."

Ms Donnelly said that the three accused, along with two teenaged girls, had been in the vicinity where Mr Rzeszutko was found.

The trial is expected to last three to four weeks before Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy.

Irish Independent

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