Ambassador of Japan thanks people of town
The Japanese Ambassador to Ireland has thanked the people of Dundalk for the outpouring of sympathy following the tragic murder of Yosuke Sasaki last month.
In a written reply to the chairman of Louth County Council, Colm Markey, Ambassador Mari Miyoshi said ‘I am truly grateful for your recent letter and book of condolence from the people of County Louth expressing sympathy on the recent death of the Japansese national Mr. Yosuke Sasaki in Dundalk.’
‘It was indeed a tragic incident. Although deeply saddened by his death Mr. Sasaki’s family is very aware of how much he loved Dundalk and the people he knew during his stay there,’ said Ambassador Miyoshi.
‘I will ensure that your mes- sage, and the book of condolence is forwarded to Mr. Sasaki’s family.’
He added: ‘I sincerely hope that this kind of incident will never happen again in Ireland, and that Japan-Ireland relations will remain strong at this difficult time.’
Yosuke Sasaki had only been living in Dundalk for a number of months, after he took up employment with National Pen.
He was stabbed to death while walking along the Avenue Road just before 9am on January 3rd. He was one of three young men attacked during a series of incidents across the town that morning. The two other victims have been recovering from their injuries.
The response from the people of Dundalk saw a vigil attended by around 1,500 mourners in the days following the tragic death of the Japanese national.
An 18 year old Egyptian native, Mohamed Morei is currently in custody, charged with the murder.
The accused was remanded in custody after a hearing at Cloverhill District Court last Thursday.
Morei didn’t appear before the court as he is being treated in the Central Mental Hospital.
The next hearing is scheduled
Victim Yosuke Saskai.