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TWO MEN ACCUSED OF POLISH WORKER’S DEATH PLEAD GUILTY

Two men accused of killing a Polish man as he was making his way to his workplace in Coolock, Dublin have pleaded guilty to causing his death.

Martin Morgan (20), Tonlegee Road, Raheny and Stephen Byrne (18), St Donagh’s Road, Donaghmede yesterday pleaded guilty to the their parts in the death of Lukasz Rzeszutko (27), following a previous not guilty plea early this week.

Both pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of the Polish man at the Dublin Central Criminal Court but pleaded not guilty to his murder.

The plea was accepted in the case of Stephen Byrne by prosecutor Aileen Donnelly, but did not accept the not guilty plea from Martin Morgan. The case will now continue against Martin Morgan but not against Stephen Morgan.

The two men changed their pleas following evidence shown to the jury on Thursday of CCTV footage of the crime.

Mr. Rzeszutko died after he was left with “unsurvivable” injuries to his head after being viciously attacked on his way to work at the Kish Fish Factory in Coolock on October 2nd, 2010. The victim’s two brothers also worked at the factory.

A jury heard that three separate employees of the factory who knew Mr. Rzeszutko, including his boss who described him to the jury as a “model employee” did not recognise their colleague when they saw him following the attack. He had sustained severe injuries to his face and head.

The victim was taken to Beaumount Hospital after his colleague Michel Kamola discovered him and phoned for an ambulance. He testified that he thought the victim was drunk and did not realise that the man he was phoning for assistance for was his colleague.

Mr. Rzeszutko died two days later at Beaumount Hospital.

Martin Morgan’s trial will continue on Monday. Stephen Byrne has been remanded on bail and will be sentenced later this month.

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