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Carpenter threw away CCTV to cover up scuffle before man died

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Marek Les, of Portersgate Drive, Clonsilla, admitted attempting to pervert the course of justice. (stock photo)

Marek Les, of Portersgate Drive, Clonsilla, admitted attempting to pervert the course of justice. (stock photo)

Marek Les, of Portersgate Drive, Clonsilla, admitted attempting to pervert the course of justice. (stock photo)

A carpenter whose housemate died after they had a row threw away a CCTV hard drive because he feared being blamed for the death.

Marek Les (42) and the dead man had a "scuffle" in the hallway of their shared home as they argued over household bills, Blanchardstown District Court was told.

Soon after, Les heard the man collapse in his room upstairs and called the emergency services. He later admitted to gardai that he had thrown away the house's CCTV hard drive.

Les, of Portersgate Drive, Clonsilla, admitted attempting to pervert the course of justice between June 18 and June 20, 2016.

Judge David McHugh imposed a nine-month prison sentence suspended for one year.

Garda Bernard Connaughton said there was a small physical altercation between Les and his housemate in the hallway on June 18, 2016, and the housemate then went upstairs. When Les heard the man collapse in his bedroom, he and his wife rushed upstairs and found him lying on the floor.

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They called the emergency services and the man was taken to hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Gda Connaughton said there was a CCTV system in the house, and Les admitted he had thrown it into bushes in the back garden. It was found by gardai but no information was retrieved from it.

Gda Connaughton said the post-mortem showed the dead man had a heart condition which put him at increased risk of sudden death.

The court heard Les had never been in trouble before.

Defence solicitor Simon Fleming said the two parties were in shared accommodation and there had been a dispute over household bills.

He said the dead man was a huge male and a heavy drinker and in a "moment of madness" Les threw away the CCTV as he feared he'd be blamed for the man's death.

Mr Fleming added that the defendant was a carpenter and he and his partner had lived in Ireland for 13 years. They have one child.

Despite Les throwing away the CCTV in a panic, he was helpful during the garda investigation, he said. The charges had caused great tension to Les, and he asked the judge not to send him to jail.


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