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Tuesday 14 August 2018

Homeless murder accused remanded

Michal Kurek (Right) and the scene where his body was found
Michal Kurek (Right) and the scene where his body was found

A man charged with the murder of a homeless man whose body was found in north Co Dublin has been further remanded in custody.

The remains of Polish national Michal Kurek (33), who sustained multiple stab wounds, were found by the side of a country road just outside Ballyboughal last August 4.

He was homeless at the time of his death and had spent time in the city centre and west Dublin. He was from Dziewin, near Krakow, but had been in Ireland since 2010.

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He was formally identified two days after his body was discovered.

Sebastian Barczuk (30), also a Polish national, was charged with murdering Mr Kurek at an unknown location on August 3, 2017.

He faced his fifth hearing when he appeared before Judge Victor Blake at Cloverhill District Court.

A book of evidence has yet to be completed. Mr Barczuk was further remanded in custody to appear again at the same court on July 3.

At his first hearing on April 6, Gda Ross Rowan said Mr Barczuk, of no fixed address, replied "I'm innocent".

The district court cannot grant bail in murder cases.

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