Saturday 20 January 2018

Expulsion order signed on day tragic dad died

Majella O'Sullivan and Tom Brady

A DEPORTATION order for a west-African national was signed last Tuesday -- the day he jumped from a cliff into the sea.

Stephen Godsun Ukiwo (33) took his own life at Ballybunion, Co Kerry, after the body of his Polish partner Katarzyna Bartowiak (25) had been found at the rented home they shared in Deerpark Estate, Tralee, Co Kerry.

It is thought that Ms Bartowiak, who was known as Kasia, had been strangled. The couple's two-year-old son Sean was in the house at the time.

Mr Ukiwo, who was nicknamed 'Snoop', had come to Ireland from Benin in 2006 to seek asylum. His application had been denied but sources confirmed the order for his deportation was only signed on Tuesday, the day he died.

Members of Ms Bartowiak's family, including her brother Tomasz, travelled from Poznan to Tralee on Wednesday night.

There will be a private ceremony for the Polish woman on Sunday in Tralee when her body is released.

Her body will be cremated in Dublin and the ashes brought back to her native Poland.

Mr Ukiwo, who married a west-African woman shortly after arriving in Ireland, is also survived by a daughter, Anna-Nina. Mr Ukiwo's widow, Christina, who now lives in Cork, was said by friends to be "devastated" over his death.

A spokesman for the local Coast Guard said it could be "some time" before his remains were recovered.

"It's so hard to talk about Snoop when his body has not been found and we can't begin to mourn him," a close friend told the Irish Independent.

"Looking at where he jumped from it was certain death for sure. Both his parents are still alive in Africa and I'm sure word must have reached them by now. I can only imagine their reaction to hearing the news."

Irish Independent

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