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Enforcer recorded drug debt beating

A LITHUANIAN drugs enforcer has been sentenced to six years for a string of offences, including a video-taped beating of a man over a €50 drug debt.

Rytis Matelis (24) was sentenced for a total of 14 offences, including assault causing harm, false imprisonment as well as drugs and tobacco offences.

When stopped by gardai after the savage beating, he willingly produced a video camera and a memory card which depicted in detail the entire assault, including a guitar being smashed over the victim's head.

Judge Sean O'Donnabhain said it was "outrageous" that Matelis then felt gardai should be grateful to him for his actions and for information he provided about who was conducting burglaries in the west Cork area.

Sentencing him to six years, Judge O'Donnabhain agreed to suspend the four-year consecutive prison term for the drugs offences on condition he leaves Ireland and does not return for five years.

When gardai raided Matelis' home they found "a hyper-marche" of drugs including ecstasy, cannabis, amphetamines and meth-amphetamines with a total value of €7,500.

They also found drugs equipment and non-duty tobacco products, which had a black market value of €11,600.

The drugs and tobacco products were seized last September 9 at Matelis' Skibbereen home.

Cork Circuit Criminal Court was told that, on June 4, gardai received a separate complaint about a serious assault.


Garda Pauline Reid said that when officers approached Matelis he immediately offered them a video camera – and then produced a memory card.

"It basically showed them beating him (the victim) around the house," she said.

Det Garda Fergal Foley said Matelis has convictions from Lithuania and from the UK.

Matelis received two-year and four-year prison terms with both sentences to run consecutively. The four-year sentence was suspended.