File sent to DPP over fa­tal truck stop at­tack

Irish Examiner - - News - Eoin English

Gar­daí have sub­mit­ted a de­tailed file to the DPP in re­la­tion to a fa­tal at­tack on a man at a truck stop in Cork ear­lier this year.

Coro­ner for North Cork, Dr Michael Kennedy, was told yes­ter­day that an ex­ten­sive Garda file in re­la­tion to the death of Slo­vakian na­tional Lu­dovit Pas­tor near a fill­ing sta­tion in Fer­moy last Fe­bru­ary is now be­ing con­sid­ered by the DPP and a de­ci­sion is awaited.

Joe O’Con­nor was granted an ad­journ­ment of the in­quest pend­ing a de­ci­sion from the DPP, and the con­clu­sion of any pos­si­ble crim­i­nal pro­ceed­ings which may be rec­om­mended.

Mr Pas­tor, 40, who had been liv­ing with his wife and two daugh­ters in Ire­land since 2010, was fa­tally in­jured fol­low­ing a row at the truck stop near the Am­ber fill­ing sta­tion on the Dublin Road, Fer­moy, Co Cork, on Fe­bru­ary 22 last.

It is un­der­stood Mr Pas­tor a friend con­fronted two truck driv­ers who had pulled in for a rest around 10.30pm, and a ver­bal row en­sued.

Mr Pas­tor and his friend left the truck stop area and it is un­der­stood they went to the home of the Pol­ish man nearby and re­turned about half an hour later with a metal bar.

A fight broke out and they were dis­armed of the bar be­fore Mr Pas­tor suf­fered a sin­gle blow from the bar and col­lapsed. Garage staff raised the alarm and emergIn­spec­tor ency ser­vices and gar­daí ar­rived. Mr Pas­tor was pro­nounced dead at the scene by a doc­tor at 11.50pm.

As­sis­tant state pathol­o­gist, Dr Mar­got Bol­ster, told Dr Kennedy yes­ter­day that Mr Pas­tor died from trau­matic brain in­jury with se­vere in­ter­nal head in­juries due to blunt force trauma to the head, with heart dis­ease a con­trib­u­tory fac­tor.

Gar­daí im­me­di­ately sealed off the truck stop and re­cov­ered an iron bar nearby. It has been sub­jected to a de­and tailed foren­sic ex­am­i­na­tion and CCTV footage from the area was also har­vested and ex­am­ined.

A num­ber of truck driv­ers who had been sleep­ing at the truck stop at the time, and who were dis­turbed by the in­ci­dent, were in­ter­viewed by gar­daí.

Their in­ves­ti­ga­tions led to the ar­rest around 4am of two Pol­ish truck driv­ers, aged 43 and 29, who were taken to sep­a­rate Garda sta­tions for ques­tion­ing about the in­ci­dent.

Both were sub­se­quently re­leased with­out charge.

Dr Kennedy of­fered his con­do­lences to Mr Pas­tor’s wife, who wept dur­ing the brief hear­ing yes­ter­day.

A Garda fam­ily li­ai­son of­fi­cer has been ap­pointed and Dr Kennedy said the in­quest will pro­ceed to full hear­ing once any pos­si­ble crim­i­nal pro­ceed­ings are com­plete.

He of­fered his con­do­lences to Mr Pas­tor’s wife on the death of her hus­band at such a young age and in such tragic cir­cum­stances.

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