Truck drivers in petrol station row cleared of father's murder
Two truck drivers have been cleared of the murder of a father of two struck with an iron bar at a petrol station.
Marcin Skrzypezyk (31) and Tomasz Wasowicz (45), who are Polish nationals, were found not guilty of the murder of Ludovit Pasztor on February 21, 2017, at the Amber Petrol Station in Carrignagroghera, Fermoy, Co Cork.
The court heard a dispute broke out at the petrol station between the two accused, Mr Pasztor and his friend Mariusz Osail. Siobhan Lankford SC, prosecuting, said that Mr Pasztor and his friend went to get two bars from a dismantled trampoline and returned and there was an altercation.
Mr Pasztor and Mr Osail were disarmed of their iron bars. Mr Pasztor got hit and subsequently died. Tom Creed SC, for Mr Skrzypezyk, said the two truckers were minding their own business when the pair arrived back armed.
"You are entitled to protect yourself. In here we call it self-defence," he said.
The jury cleared both men of murder and manslaughter.