Saturday 21 September 2019

Man arrested after young man found with head injuries on Christmas Day dies

Anyone with information is asked to contact Waterford Garda Station on (051) 305300.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Waterford Garda Station on (051) 305300.

Ralph Riegel

Gardaí have arrested a man after a Lithuanian national found unconscious on Christmas Day in Waterford with severe head injuries lost his four day battle for life.

The 29-year-old, named locally as Agnius Naumovas, died on Wednesday evening in University Hospital Waterford (UHW) having failed to regain consciousness.

He was found at 8.40pm on Christmas Day lying unconscious at the junction of Margaret's Avenue and Francis Street in Waterford by a person walking home after visiting friends.

It was initially suspected the man may have struck his head in a fall as he walked home but Gardaí now fear the man was the victim of an assault.

Gardaí believe the man had been making his way from the Shortcourse area towards his home when he sustained the fatal head injuries.

The man, who will not be formally named until all his relatives in Lithuania are notified, was rushed to UHW and remained in a critical condition until he died on Wednesday evening.

Shortly after 8am yesterday, Waterford Gardaí arrested a man in his 40s at an address in the city in connection with the man's death.

He was taken to Ballybricken Garda Station and is being questioned about a suspected assault on the Lithuanian national.

The man was detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act and can be questioned for up to 24 hours.

A file on the matter will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

The Lithuanian man is understood to have been resident in Waterford over recent years and was working locally.

Gardaí have renewed their appeal for information on the man's movements over both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

He is known to have been out socialising on Christmas Eve but detectives want to confirm his final movements.

Gardaí stressed they have received an excellent public response so far but want to talk to anyone who may have been in the Margaret's Avenue, Francis Street or Shortcourse areas on December 25 to contact them.

They have also urged anyone who may have spotted the deceased out in Waterford over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to come forward.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Waterford Garda Station on (051) 305300.

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