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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Drinker beaten to death during a vodka frenzy

An Irish man and an Eastern European man were being questioned overnight by gardai investigating the death of a Latvian national.

Gints Intembergs (41) was beaten to death in Tullow, Co Carlow during a drunken Vodka fuelled row. A friend of his was also seriously injured.

Investigating detectives believe that Intembergs and his companion were both attacked in a violent confrontation on Monday night.

No motive has been established and it is believed no weapons were used.

Neighbours in the Graigowen estate on the outskirts of the town said they heard shouting and fighting in the house at around 9pm that night, and later heard a car driving around and blowing the horn at around 11pm.

But it wasn't until yesterday morning that the grim discovery was made after gardai were called to the house by a friend of the deceased.

Officers arrived at the scene and found Mr Intembergs' body lying on the kitchen floor at the rear of his home.

Gardai are awaiting the outcome of a post mortem examination by the State Pathologist, Prof Marie Cassidy to determine how he died.

A second man, also Latvian, was discovered in a dazed condition with some injuries in the living room.

He was taken by ambulance to St Luke's general hospital in Kilkenny and last night his injuries were described as non- life threatening. It is believed he underwent surgery.

State Pathologist Marie Cassidy was brought to the house yesterday afternoon for a preliminary examination, and later carried out a post mortem on the Latvian man's body after it was removed from the scene.

There were reports that Intembergs may have been assaulted in a sustained way over a long period of time in the attack. His injuries were described by sources as "horrendous".

An incident room was set up at Tullow garda station while an investigation team held a crime conference in Carlow last night.

SCENE

A further crime scene was established at a house in Carlow town following the arrest of a suspect, who is Irish.

Officers arrested another Latvian man during a search in Tullow yesterday afternoon.

House to house inquiries were carried out as forensic experts from the Garda technical bureau completed inquiries at the two crime scenes.

Last night, senior officers appealed to residents or visitors to Graigowen and Gortnahowen housing estates or Slaney View Drive in Tullow, between 6pm on Monday and 9am yesterday and either heard or saw anything suspicious to contact them at Tullow, telephone 059 9181160 or the garda confidential line, 1800 666111.

The arrested men are being held at Carlow garda station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

The Graigowen housing estate is home to a large population of foreign nationals, mainly from Eastern Europe.

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