Wednesday 21 March 2018

Fermoy filling station death inquest adjourned

Gardai have forwarded a file to the DPP on a fatal assault on a Slovakian national at a filling station in Fermoy earlier this year, an inquest into the man's death was told at North Cork Coroner's Court this week.

Insp Joe O'Connor said that gardai had forwarded a file on the death of Ludovit Pasztor (40) following an assault at the back of the Amber Oil Filing Station in Fermoy on February 21, 2017 and they were still awaiting directions back from the DPP.

Assistant State Pathologist, Dr Margaret Bolster told the inquest that Mr Pasztor died from traumatic brain injury with subarachnoid and intracerebral contusional injury with raised intracranial pressure due to blunt force trauma to the head.

The inquest also heard how Mr Pasztor, who lived with his wife, Andrea Koviacova and two daughters, aged 15 and 11, at Glecullen on the Duntaheen Road in Fermoy, was pronounced dead at the scene by Dr George Treurnicht.

Coroner for North Cork, Dr Michael Kennedy granted an application by Insp O'Connor to adjourn the inquest pending directions from the DPP and he extended his sympathies to Ms Koviacova and her family on their tragic loss.

Gardai investigating the fatal assault on Mr Pasztor arrested two men at the scene and conveyed them to Mallow and Farmoy Garda Stations where they were questioned about the incident before they were both released without charge. At the time a garda source said that they are hoping that forensic tests on an iron bar, which was recovered at the scene, will assist them in identifying who struck the fatal blow while they have also begun examining CCTV footage from the garage at the time of the assault.

The late Mr Pasztor had come to Ireland in 2010 and had worked in Kepak Meats in Watergrasshill and later in Silver Pail Dairy in Fermoy, but had left to become a full time carer for his wife who is seriously ill.