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Dublin Coroner’s Court

Dublin Coroner’s Court

Dublin Coroner’s Court

A homeless man who was found dead in a laneway in Dublin in September suffered serious injuries to his head, Dublin Coroner's Court has heard.

An inquest into the death of Claudiu Robu, a 39-year-old Romanian, was told a post-mortem revealed the victim had suffered "multi- force trauma to the head".

Mr Robu's body was discovered in a laneway off Madison Road near the South Circular road in Kilmainham in the early hours of September 14.

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The inquest heard he was formally identified as a result of matching a DNA sample from his brother, Emmanuel.

The dead man had been living in Ireland for several years and was known to the homeless services in Dublin, but had been sleeping rough in the months before his death.

Detective Inspector Joseph McLoughlin applied for and was granted an adjournment of the inquest on the basis there are ongoing criminal proceedings in relation to Mr Robu's death.

A then 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was charged with Mr Robu's murder shortly after his death and remains in custody.

The now 17-year-old is due to appear before a hearing of Dublin Children's Court on Tuesday.

The DPP has directed that the teenager will face trial on indictment before the Central Criminal Court.

Coroner Dr Cróna Gallagher expressed her sympathy to Mr Robu's family on what she described as "the very tragic death of a young man".


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