Sunday 17 December 2017

Two men released without charge after fatal assault at truck shop

Pike Road, Fermoy near where the man was discovered. Picture: Google Maps
Pike Road, Fermoy near where the man was discovered. Picture: Google Maps

Catherine Devine and Cathal McMahon

Two men who were arrested following a suspected fatal assault on an East European man near a Cork truck stop have been released without charge.

Gardai in Fermoy are appealing for witnesses and a file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The deceased, a 40 year old East European national, was discovered lying near a parked vehicle in a popular truck stop off the Pike Road in Fermoy, Co Cork shortly after 10.30pm on Tuesday night.

The grim discovery was made by nearby garage staff who were alerted by a number of drivers parked overnight who complained of hearing shouting and sounds consistent with a fracas.

Despite desperate efforts to revive the man, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Initial reports indicated that the man may have sustained head injuries.

A friend of the man was also discovered nearby with non-life threatening injuries.

The man was treated at the scene by paramedics and is understood to have told Gardaí that the duo were apparently attacked by two other men after a dispute erupted.

It is believed the injured man is also an East European national.

He was taken to Cork University Hospital (CUH) for treatment and remains in a stable condition.

Both have been living and working in Ireland for a number of years.

Fermoy Gardaí cordoned off the scene pending a full forensic and technical examination.

It is understood that a suspected weapon, an iron bar, was recovered from the scene.

Door-to-door inquiries will also be conducted with several large housing estates located within 100m of the area.

It is understood that CCTV security camera footage will play a key role in the investigation.

The body of the deceased has been removed from the scene to Cork University Hospital.

Investigating gardaí are appealing for witnesses, in particular any persons who were in the vicinity of Pyke Road/Dublin Road between the hours of 8.30 pm and 10.30pm last night, Tuesday, February 21, 2017 to contact the incident room at Fermoy Garda Station on 025 - 82100, the Garda Confidential Line 1 800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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