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Tuesday 21 August 2018

Savage killer in jail with older brother

DEPRAVED: 'Streets are safer with violent two locked up'

A BRUTE who was convicted yesterday of the savage murder of an innocent man will serve his jail sentence with his brother -- who is also a killer.

Martin Morgan (21) will be given the mandatory life sentence after a jury found him guilty of the murder of Lukasz Rzeszutko (27), from Poland, who was found unconscious outside in the Newtown industrial estate in Coolock, on October 2, 2010. He died two days later in hospital of brain damage from "catastrophic" head injuries.

Morgan's older brother Mark Morgan (27) is currently serving a seven-year sentence for the manslaughter of a 26-year-old man who he stabbed in the head with a screwdriver during a row in Moatview Drive, Darndale, on July 20, 2008.

When Mark was sentenced for that crime in 2010, he already had 65 previous convictions and he claimed that he fell backwards during a street fight with his victim Paul Manley and reached behind to grab a rock but instead found a screwdriver. He then lashed out and stabbed his victim in the head. Mr Manley died in hospital a week later.

In May 2009, Mark Morgan was jailed for two years after he admitted ramming a garda vehicle off the road and attempted to drive straight into another during a high-speed chase in a stolen car.

"These two brothers are considered among the most violent, depraved criminals in north Dublin -- the streets are safer with them locked up," said a source.



Savage

Less than six months after his older brother was sentenced in relation to Mr Manley's death, Martin Morgan was involved in a savage assault with two other men on tragic Mr Rzeszutko, who came to Ireland in search of a better life and was described in court as "a model employee".

Also involved in the sickening incident were Morgan's cousin Edward Byrne (21), of Cabra Park, Cabra, and Stephen Byrne (18), of St Donagh's Road, Donaghmede. These men pleaded guilty to manslaughter at the start of the trial which is something that Morgan tried to do as well but the plea was not accepted by the State.

When Edward Byrne was charged in January 2011 in relation to Mr Rzeszutko's death, he made threats to gardai against Stephen Byrne, who is not related to him.

Edward Byrne referred to Stephen Byrne as "a dirty smelly rat" and said "I am going to burn his gaff down, dirty smelly rat, I am going to make a phone call tonight wait 'til you see, I am going to get his gaff burned".

Sources say that Morgan cannot be in the same prison as Edward Byrne because he plans to "kill him" over a deep personal grudge.

Mr Rzeszutko was attacked by the three men as he walked to work at round 4.30am.

His colleague Michel Kamola, testified that he found Mr Rzeszutko lying unconscious outside the factory when he finished his shift at 4.30am and he initially thought he was dead.

The victim had been beaten so badly that neither he nor factory boss Tadgh O'Meara recognised him.

Mr Rzeszutko had multiple skull fractures with severe, traumatic brain injury and neurological injury to his cerebellum and spinal cord.

His brain had become so swollen that parts of his brain extruded from his nostrils.

kfoy@herald.ie

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