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Lithuanians to be deported over homophobic murder

Mr Fitzpatrick was on his way home from a local bar when he was attacked
Mr Fitzpatrick was murdered because he was gay

Two Lithuanian men are to be deported after serving at least 20 years for a homophobic murder in Dungannon.

Andrius Dunauskas, 23, of Lisnahull Road, and Raminas Balseris, 26, of Altmore Drive, both Dungannon, attacked Shaun Fitzpatrick in March 2008.

Mr Fitzpatrick, was so severely beaten paramedics thought he had been shot in the head.

On Friday, Dunauskas had to be wrestled to the ground after he shouted at the judge on hearing his sentence.

During the trial, both men admitted being present during the attack but blamed each other.

They had ambushed the Spar manager, simply because he made no secret of being gay, initially felled him with a karate kick to the head, before dragging him up an alleyway, subjecting him to "vicious and prolonged attack".

Mr Justice Hart, said he would not "distinguish between them", and while Dunauskas may have been the main attacker, the fact Balseris had stood by smoking, was "chilling evidence of his callous disregard for their victim".

'Ferocity'

He also told the pair there were no substantial mitigating factors given "the ferocity of the attack and the number of injuries" which established their intention was not just to inflict GBH, but "to kill".

Mr Fitzpatrick's lifeless, battered, bruised and bloodied body was found after a drunken Dunauskas flagged down a passing motorist on the pretext of seeking help for an injured friend.

A post mortem later revealed he had "52 sites of injury" to his head, neck, upper chest and body, with some bruising suggesting it came from stamping from the sole of a shoe.

Mr Justice Hart said Dunauskas's "violence in court, requiring him to be physically removed, is yet another demonstration of his violent nature".



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