Friday 23 August 2019

Two truck drivers go on trial charged with murder of father-of-two at petrol station

(stock photo)
(stock photo)

Olivia Kelleher

Two truck drivers have gone on trial charged with the murder of a Slovakian father of two who was struck with an iron bar during a row at a petrol station in Fermoy, Co Cork in February 2017.

Marcin Skrzypezyk (31) and Tomasz Wasowicz (45) were charged with the murder of Ludovit Pasztor on February 21st, 2017, at the Amber Petrol Station, Carrignagroghera, Fermoy. Mr Wasowicz was also charged with unlawful possession of a firearm on the same date.

The men, who are Polish nationals, went on trial at the Central Court Criminal sitting in Cork.

Outlining the case for the State Siobhan Lankford, SC, said that a dispute had broken out between the two accused, Mr Pasztor and his friend Mariusz Osail on the evening of the 21st of February, 2017.

Addressing the jury of eight men and four women Miss Lankford said that 40-year-old Ludovit Pasztor went to his friend's house in Fermoy at 2.30pm on February 21st, 2017.

Mr Pasztor and his friend Mariusz Osail consumed "a significant amount of alcohol."

Between 9.30pm and 9.45pm they went to the Amber Petrol Station in Fermoy and purchased eight cans of Carlsberg.

Meanwhile, the court heard the two accused were working for a haulage company at the time.

They were complying with tachograph rules which allow individuals to log a certain number of hours driving before requiring them to have a rest period.

The two men got out of their trucks to go to the toilet.

Mr Pasztor and Mr Osail were passing and heard the pair conversing conversing in Polish so they went over to speak to them.

The conversation became acrimonious and Ms Lankford said witnesses would give evidence that there was "argy bargy" or "unhappy words."

Mr Pasztor and his friend went back to the house and got two bars from a dismantled trampoline.

Miss Lankford say Mr Pasztor and Mr Osail returned to the petrol station.

"They took two of these (bars)  and went back to the Amber Filling Station with a view to renewing their conversation with the two truckers. They knocked on the door of the truck and the two drivers came out".

Miss Langford said that another truck driver would give evidence of witnessing a physical altercation between the four men.

Mr Pasztor and Mr Osail were disarmed of their iron bars. Mr Pasztor got hit in the altercation.

Mr Osail made a 999 call at 10.15pm and gardai were on the scene at 10.22am. They found two iron bars. One at the scene and one in a field nearby.  A stun gun was also found in Mr Wasowicz’s truck.

Mr Pasztor had moved to Ireland in 2010. He was employed in Kepak Meats in Watergrasshill and later in Silver Pail Dairy in Fermoy.

Mr Skrzypezyk, who previously lived in Macroom in Co Cork, and Mr Wasowicz, who previously lived in Portarlington in Co Laois, returned from Poland to answer the charges.

The case, which is being presided over by Justice Carmel Stewart, will last for up to three three weeks.

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