Monday 9 December 2019

Teenagers freed in hunt for Polish man's killer

Two teenagers questioned over a violent attack on a Polish man who died have been released without charge, gardai confirmed today.

Lukasz Rzeszutko had been fighting for his life since being severely beaten in Coolock, north Dublin, as he walked to work in the early hours of Saturday morning.

He died in hospital last night when his devastated family, who flew from Poland to be at his bedside, took the decision to turn off the life support machine.

A 20-year-old man was charged yesterday with assault causing harm in connection with the attack.

Edward Byrne, who is originally from Coolock, and the two teenagers were arrested on Sunday in relation to the incident.

A garda spokesman confirmed the two teenagers have been released and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

It is understood Mr Rzeszutko lived in Dublin with his brother since 2007.

He was on his way to work in the Newtown Industrial Estate in the early hours of Saturday when he was attacked.

He was left on the road until a passer-by saw him and called gardai.

Mr Rzeszutko was taken to Beaumont Hospital, where he was put on life support.

Consular staff at the Polish embassy in Dublin are supporting Mr Rzeszutko's family.

Byrne, who gave his address as the YMCA hostel, Aungier Street, in the city centre, was taken before Dublin District Court where he was remanded in custody until Friday.

He will appear again in Cloverhill Court.

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