Saturday 24 March 2018

Gardaí investigating man's death

An investigation is continuing into the death of a 38-year-old father in New Ross last week.

Mariusz Sojka, a Polish national, died at Wexford General Hospital on Monday morning having been taken by ambulance from his residence on Charlton Hill following a call to the emergency services.

Superintendent John McDonald said: 'We were notified of the death of the man at Wexford General Hospital at 9 a.m. on Monday morning last. As a result gardaí attended the scene and an investigation commenced. A technical examination was carried out and the scene was preserved. The services of the state pathologist were sought. This is not unusual and it happens in a number of scenarios.'

Supt McDonald said what transpired immediately prior to when Mariusz was transferred to hospital is being investigated, as there were reports of injuries to his hands, chest and back.

His body was removed from Wexford General Hospital to University Hospital Waterford for a post mortem on Monday and gardaí are awaiting the findings of the report.

'We need to establish all of the circumstances and we are conducting all lines of enquiry.'

Some people have been interviewed about Mariusz's sudden death.

It is understood Mariusz was well-known among the Polish community in New Ross. He was a very tall man who was known for his talent as a tattoo artist. Mariusz was remembered in tributes on social media by friends last week, including one message which says: 'Rest in peace friend, we will never forget you.'.

Mariusz's remains are being taken to Mount Jerome Crematorium in Dublin today (Tuesday) for cremation.

New Ross Standard