Tuesday 25 June 2019

Two for trial over Fermoy murder

Two Polish men charged over death of Ludovit Pasztor

Two men have been returned for trial after they were charged with the murder of a 40 year old father of two who died after being struck with an iron bar during a row at a filling station in North Cork last year.

Polish nationals Marcin Skrzypezyk (30) and Tomasz Wasowicz (44) were both charged with the murder of Slovakian national, Ludovit Pasztor (40) on February 21st 2017 at the Amber Petrol Station, Carrignagroghera, Fermoy.

Last Friday at Fermoy District Court, Insp Michael Corbett applied to have both men returned for trial to the current sittings of the Central Criminal Court and Judge Brian Sheridan granted the application and remanded both men in custody.

Both Mr Skrzypezyk, a truck driver who previously lived in Macroom, and Mr Wasowicz, a truck driver who previously lived in Portarlington in Co Laois, had returned from Poland to answer the charges directed by the DPP.

Last Friday, Sgt Tony O'Flynn gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution and told Fermoy District Court that Mr Wasowicz replied 'Not Guilty when the charge was put to him after caution when he was arrested.

Last year, Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster told an inquest into Mr Pasztor's death that he died from traumatic brain injury with subarachnoid and intra-cerebral contusional injury with raised intracranial pressure due to blunt force trauma to the head.

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

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 was seriously ill at the time of his death.