EXCLUSIVE BY C.J.MCGINLEY
THE brother of a Polish man brutally murdered in Letterkenny over three weeks ago yesterday (Thursday) appealed for help in tracking down the killer.
In an exclusive interview, Tomasz Michalkiewicz, said his brother Bogdan’s death had ‘devastated’ the family’.
“We’re at a loss to find any reason why Bogdan would be targeted. It is scary the killer could be walking the streets of Letterkenny,” he said.
“Bogdan was a quiet man, who would never fight with anyone or get into trouble. He was the type of man who would give you his arm, if he could,” Tomasz added.
He was speaking after the funeral of Mr Michalkiewicz (41) in St Eunan’s Cathedral on Tuesday evening.
A full scale garda murder investigation is continuing into what has been described as a ‘brutal and horrific’ attack.
Bogdan Michalkiewicz’s body was found by his brother in a flat at Westside, part of the Riverside Apartments at Lower Main Street at around 11 am on Wednesday, May 15.
“Somebody may have heard or seen something in the area that might hold the key to bringing the killer to justice. He must have had blood stains or marks after the murder,” Tomasz said.
“Bogdan was in bad health for the past two years. He had a back injury and couldn’t walk – so he would have been unable to defend himself,” he added.
Gardai have enlisted the help of two native Polish gardai to help them with their investigation. The Polish gardai, who are based in Dublin, have been brought to Letterkenny in recent days to ensure that language doesn’t prove to be a barrier during the course of the murder probe.
Bogdan Michalkiewicz, came to Letterkenny seven years ago.
The family live in an area close to the German border.
His mother, who is unwell, lives at home and is cared for by her daughter. Bogdan’s father is deceased.
He was one of 17 foreign nationals who arrived in Letterkenny in 2005 after responding to adverts seeking labourers on local building sites.
However, after two week’s work, the workers were allegedly left “high and dry” after they were suddenly let go from a building site in Letterkenny.
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