Truck stop killing: Search for clues goes on

Truck stop killing: Search for clues goes on
Dr Margot Bolster, Assistant State Pathologist, with garda forensic experts and gardai at the scene where the body of a man was found on the outskirts of Fermoy. Picture: Denis Minihane.

THE man killed in an assault at a truck stop in Fermoy had lost his father in recent weeks.

Ludovel Pasztor, who worked as a builder’s labourer and also delivered firewood and coal, was an eastern European who had been living in Fermoy for several years.

The 40-year-old had recently moved to Duntaheen Road in the town with his wife and their two daughters. The two children are attending school in Fermoy. They had previously lived on Pike Road.

The man’s brother also lives in the town, while other members of his extended family live in Fermoy and in Cork city.

He also has many relatives in Hungary, where he previously lived. His own father died just a month ago.

Ms Pasztor died on Tuesday night when he and his friend were returning home after a night out. They became involved in an incident with two other men at the truck stop behind Amber Oil filling station on Pike Road at around 10.30pm.

Mr Pasztor was pronounced dead at the scene while his friend was taken to Cork University Hospital for treatment for minor injuries.

Local priest Fr PJ O’Driscoll delivered the last rites at the scene.

An iron bar believed to have been used in the incident has been recovered by gardaí.

The scene remained sealed off for several hours yesterday as gardaí carried out a forensic examination.

Up to 20 trucks had been parked there overnight on Tuesday night and were unable to leave the scene yesterday until the forensics examination was completed.

Two men were still being questioned in Fermoy and Mallow garda stations today in relation to the incident.

They were also Eastern European.

Fine Gael councillor Noel McCarthy said he knew members of the dead man’s family and that they had just recently returned from Hungary after the funeral of the dead man’s father.

Local businessman Michael Hanley offered his sympathies to the man’s family and the eastern European community in Fermoy.

Investigating Gardaí are appealing for witnesses, in particular any persons who were in the vicinity of Pike Road and Dublin Road between 8.30pm and 10.30pm on Tuesday night to contact the incident room at Fermoy Garda Station on 025 82100, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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