Gardai hunt killer of young shop worker

by Gazette Reporter
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Gardai in Swords investigating the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of 22-year-old Deniss Timosejevs have renewed their appeal for information.
The body of the 22-year-old Latvian was discovered on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 2, in a field in Balheary near Swords with a broken arm and internal injuries.
The shop worker, who had been living in Ireland since 2011, was last seen leaving his home to go for a walk at Thornleigh Place in Applewood, Swords, on Easter Monday, April 1.
Gardai are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the young man’s death and are trying to locate a number of personal items missing from his body, including a Latvian driving licence, an AIB bank card and a silver Sony Ericsson slide mobile phone.
Following the first appeal last week, superintendent Ronan Galligan has said gardai have received a massive response from members of the public.
“We’ve had a massive response from the appeal and are following a lot of information that has come in. On Monday [April 8] it was a week on, so we had detectives and community guards up around the area he was last seen, jogging people’s memories and trying to track his last movements.”
When last seen, Mr Timosejevs was wearing a Barcelona FC scarf and an orange and black jacket, as seen in his photograph. He was described as being 5ft tall.
“He came over here a young man, trying to make a living,” said Supt Galligan.
“He was working in the Swords area, he was very well respected by his employers and by the people who knew him well.”
Cllr Anne Devitt (Ind) has extended her sympathies to the family of Mr Timosejevs saying it was a “very sad loss of life”.
“He looked so young, so vulnerable and I think a young lad that age, making a living and coming to a country on his own is very brave and courageous and shows great character.
“It’s very worrying that something like this can happen in a quiet community like Applewood. One would hope the gardai in some way will find out what happened.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Swords Garda Station on 01 6664700.

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