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A LITHUA­NIAN man has been charged with the mur­der of ‘gen­tle gi­ant’ Dmitry Hrynke­vich from Kil­lar­ney three years ago.

Mr Hrynke­vich – who stood an im­pos­ing 7 feet and 6 inches in height – died at Univer­sity Hospi­tal Kerry on Oc­to­ber 2, 2015.

He had been found with se­ri­ous head in­juries in the front gar­den of a house in the Killeen Woods Es­tate in Tralee two days ear­lier.

The de­ceased – who was due to cel­e­brate his 25th birth­day just weeks later – was of­ten de­scribed as Kerry’s ‘gen­tle gi­ant’ and was known all over the county for his re­mark­able stature.

On Tues­day morn­ing at a prop­erty in The Ker­ries on the out­skirts of Tralee, gar­daí ar­rested a Lithua­nian na­tional in con­nec­tion with Mr Hrynke­vich’s death.

Arnoldas Ivanauskas, with an ad­dress at Park­lands, Tralee, was brought be­fore Kil­lar­ney Dis­trict Court on Tues­day morn­ing charged with the mur­der of Mr Hrynke­vich at Killeen Woods, Tralee.

Judge David Waters heard that when cau­tioned and for­mally charged with the mur­der of Mr Hrynke­vich (pic­tured right), Mr Ivanauskas made no re­ply to Gar­daí.

Det Sergeant Ernest Hen­der­son said that the State ap­pli­ca­tion was for a re­mand in cus­tody.

The court was told that, as a mur­der charge is in­volved, bail in the mat­ter must be dealt with by the High Court. Judge Waters re­manded Mr Ivanauskas in cus­tody overnight to ap­pear again be­fore Tralee Dis­trict Court on Wed­nes­day.

Judge Waters also granted free le­gal aid to the de­fen­dant who is rep­re­sented by Tralee so­lic­i­tor Pat Mann.

Mr Mann said his client would ap­ply for bail at the High Court in due course.

Mr Ivanauskas made no com­ment dur­ing the brief hear­ing.

Arnoldas Ivanauskas (right), who is charged with the mur­der of Dmitry Hrynke­vich in Tralee in 2015, pic­tured out­side Kil­lar­ney Court­house on Tues­day.

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