A man, with an address at 14 Drinan, Ballymahon, Co Longford, has been charged with assaulting and falsely imprisoning 23-year-old Patryk Krupa whose body was discovered in the River Shannon near Athlone on Friday night.
32-year-old Lezek Sychulec, dressed in a red t-shirt and black tracksuit bottoms, appeared before a special sitting of the District Court in Athlone earlier today (Sunday, June 22).
Mr Sychulec was also charged with threatening to kill or cause serious harm to Ewa Krasinska at Athlone Garda Station yesterday.
Judge Seamus Hughes remanded Mr Sychulec in custody to appear again at a sitting of the District Court in Cloverhill next Friday, June 27.
There were angry scenes around the court building as Mr Sychulec was heckled by a small crowd, including members of the Polish community.
A Polish interpreter was in court as Garda Aidan Lyons gave evidence of arrest and caution. He said the defendant ‘made no reply’ when he was charged at Athlone Garda Station shortly after his arrest at 11.50 am on Sunday.
Superintendent Noreen McBrien applied to have the defendant remanded in custody and she said the investigation is continuing and “there may be further more serious charges.”
Solicitor Owen Carty said his client, who has lived in Ireland for the past year having previously lived in Ireland around four years ago, was not seeking bail.
Mr Carty applied for legal aid and said Mr Sychulec was unemployed but not in receipt of social welfare. “He tells me that his partner supports him and he has no bank account.”
Judge Hughes enquired if the man had transferred money through the Western Union in the past fortnight. When told the man hadn’t, Judge Hughes directed the Gardaí to investigate whether any transfers had been made. He deferred legal aid and remanded the defendant to Cloverhill Prison and to appear before the District Court there on Friday.
Mr Krupa’s body was discovered partially submerged in the water at an area known as Bogganfin at around 8.25pm on Friday.