Wednesday 21 February 2018

Young man dies in suspected assault

Ralph Riegel and Olivia Kelleher

A YOUNG Polish man died in hospital last night from serious head injuries sustained in a suspected street assault.

Ariel Cegialka (30) died in Cork University Hospital (CUH) yesterday evening. He had failed to regain consciousness following the suspected assault.

He was found lying unconscious in a pool of blood on Lower Oliver Plunkett Street shortly after 7pm last Saturday after what gardai believe was a violent altercation.

He was rushed to CUH, where doctors performed emergency surgery in an attempt to ease the pressure on his brain.

Mr Cegialka was then placed on a life-support machine but died yesterday. Gardai are now liaising with Polish authorities in order to contact his relatives.

A man appeared before Cork District Court yesterday. Cornelius Horgan (28) of St Vincent's Hostel, Cork city, was charged with assaulting Mr Cegialka and possession of an implement, namely a glass bottle.

Det Sgt Clodagh O'Sullivan objected to bail. She told Judge Eamon O'Brien there was a likelihood of further serious charges and that she feared Mr Horgan would interfere with witnesses.

Gardai said Mr Horgan made no comment after the charges were put to him.

The court heard he has resided at the Simon Community or in hostels on an irregular basis over the past 10 years.


Mr Horgan said he would readily comply with any bail conditions set by the court and that he was currently on a successful methadone programme.

Judge Eamon O'Brien refused bail. He remanded Mr Horgan in custody until his next appearance before the District Court on April 26 next.

Gardai are now awaiting further instructions from the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Irish Independent

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