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Wednesday 23 October 2019

Murdered Pole endured 'horrific death'

Bogdan Michalkiawicz: had been promised work here
Bogdan Michalkiawicz: had been promised work here

Greg Harkin

A POLISH man found murdered in his apartment suffered a 'brutal and horrific' death, gardai say.

Bogdan Michalkiawicz (41) was found by his brother Tomaz at his flat at Westside in Letterkenny, Co Donegal, on Wednesday.

Last night gardai confirmed they had launched a murder investigation after a post-mortem examination.

Detectives refused to release details of his injuries for operational reasons, but Inspector Michael Harrison told the Irish Independent: "Bogdan suffered a brutal death and it would be no exaggeration to say his injuries were horrific."

Mr Michalkiawicz had arrived in Ireland in 2005 with 17 other Polish and Latvian nationals who had been promised work in Co Donegal.

But when they arrived, the job offer fell through.

Det Insp Pat O'Donnell said the dead man had spent the weekend at his apartment and had been last seen around lunchtime on Monday.

His family in Poland had been informed of his death via the Polish embassy in Dublin and arrangements were being made to fly his remains home, he said.

Gardai held the press conference in both English and Polish and were making arrangements to have it uploaded to social media sites.

"We are making an appeal to both the Irish and non-national communities to help us find out what happened to Bogdan," said Insp Harrison.

"It's important for everyone, including his family and friends here in Letterkenny and in Poland, that we find out what happened to him."

It is understood neighbours heard shouting from the victim's apartment on Monday night.

Irish Independent

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