A Lithuanian binman appeared before a special sitting of Tullamore District Court charged with the murder of a Latvian man in Portarlington at the weekend.
Deivydas Zigelis(36) with an address at 24 Spa Street, Portarlington was charged with the murder of Alexander Karpov(26) in on Saturday, February 15.
Detective Garda Barry McPaul arrested and cautioned the defendant at Portlaoise Garda Station at 2.01pm on yesterday Monday. When cautioned, Det McPaul said the defendant answered, “no, I already gave my explanation to the guards in interview, I killed that man.”
When subsequently charged with murder and cautioned at 2.35pm, Mr Zigelis responded “no reply, everything has already been said.”
Inspector Kieran Keyes applied to have the defendant remanded in custody to Cloverhill Prison.
Solicitor Declan Breen consented to the remand and sought legal aid. He also applied to have an interpreter present for court appearances and prison visits.
The court was told Mr Zigelis worked as a binman in Naas and earned approximately €450 a week.
Acknowledging the fact that the defendant would not now be working, Judge Catherine Staines granted legal aid and approved the request for an interpreter. She remanded the defendant in custody to reappear before Cloverhill District Court on February 20.
A second man who was arrested at the scene was released without charge. A file is being prepared for the DPP.
Gardaí launched a murder investigation following the discovery of Mr Karpov’s body at about 5pm last Saturday.
A garda spokesperson said that a garda family liaison officer has been in touch with the family of Mr Karpov who was known locally as ‘Sashah’. The spokesperson could not confirm reports that the victim had been drinking with friends and watching the Winter Olympics when he was stabbed.
He did confirm, however, that gardaí are not looking for anyone else in relation to the incident.
Anyone with any information can contact the Portlaoise Garda Station on 05786 74100.
The deceased is believed to have been an employee of a local waste disposal company and worked on the bin lorries. He lived in the house in which he died which he also shared with a number of others.
Local election candidate Willie Murphy said the town was “shocked” by the death.
“I didn’t know him personally but from talking to people who did, he was a hardworking lad,” said Mr Murphy.