Tuesday 16 January 2018

Mother cries for her son found 'beaten to death' in a field

Investigation into man's death is expected to be upgraded to a murder inquiry later today

Vilma Stoskus, mother of Silvestras, with his missing poster at her Kinnegad, Co. Kildare home last night.
Vilma Stoskus, mother of Silvestras, with his missing poster at her Kinnegad, Co. Kildare home last night.
Gardai and Technical Bureau members pictured at the scene of a body find at Cornamukla, Broadford, Co. Kildare last night

Conor Feehan, Brian Byrne and Tom Brady

The mother of a missing 20-year-old man has spoken of her devastation after her son's body was found in a field in Co Kildare.

The body of Silvestras Stoskus, also known as Twiggy, was found naked in a field yesterday afternoon.

He had sustained a number of injuries which sources close to the investigation say are "consistent with an assault".

A post mortem took place earlier today - and the investigation into the suspicious death has officially been upgraded to a murder inquiry this evening.

"The results of the post mortem are not been disclosed for operational reasons," a garda spokesman said.

The young man's body was found ten days after his concerned family reported him as missing.

Silvestras was last seen leaving his home at Bun Daire, Kinnegad, Co Westmeath on March 8. He was reported missing days later to gardaí on March 15.

A farmer walking his fields at Cornmucklagh, Broadford, Co Kildare yesterday discovered the unclothed body of a young man lying face down on the ground at around 3.30pm.

The man was found with a number of marks on his head.

His heartbroken mother Vilma told how gardaí visited their house in Kinnegad yesterday. "They said that they'd found his body," she said, adding they would be brought this morning to formally identify him.

"They didn't tell us what happened," she said. "We are very tired. He was missing for 10 days. Every day we went into town, we spoke with his friends, we drove around with the gardaí. Every night we waited until very late for him to come home."

She broke down in tears as she told how his 11-year-old sister Kornelija and father Linas have been left distraught.

The family had been frantically searching for him and had also offered up a €10,000 reward for any information on his whereabouts.

His mother told how they had put posters up in nearby areas in the hopes of jogging people's memories.

"We are from Lithuania, but we have been in Ireland for nine years. We came here for work at first, but now we live here," she added, saying she did not believe her son had any enemies.

She said Mr Stoskus had previously attended college but was more recently unemployed.

He had been living with his parents in the Bun Daire estate in Kinnegad, having previously lived at Riverside Lawns in the town.

State Pathologist Marie Cassidy visited the field, which was sealed off by gardaí last night, before the body was removed to Naas hospital. It is understood that a preliminary examination showed no signs that the victim had been shot or stabbed.

Mr Stoskus had no previous convictions but it is understood there are fears he may have fallen foul of a gang in the area.

The investigation into the suspicious death is being led by Chief Supt Barry McPolin of Naas Garda Station.

No arrests have yet been made.

Irish Independent

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