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Gardai appeal for information after brutal murder of homeless man

Gardai are appealing for the public's assistance in investigation the brutal murder of a homeless man in Dublin.

Michal Kurek, 34, was found dead on August 4 after being stabbed up to 40 times.

The body of the Polish national, who had been living in Dublin for a number of years, was found dumped in a ditch off a laneway near Ballyboughal, north Dublin.

Mr Kurek was not a known criminal but sources said he suffered with alcohol issues.

Gardai believe he may have been dumped face down, fully clothed several days before his body was discovered.

Reports indicate the man was stabbed up to 40 times before being thrown from a vehicle into a ditch on the remote roadway.

And now police investigating his death have renewed their public appeal for information.

Superintendent Noel Carolan said: "The area where Michal’s body was discovered is otherwise a generally very quiet, peaceful rural community.

"Michal was homeless during recent months and is known to have spent time in the Blanchardstown / Ongar area and in Dublin City Centre.

"A Garda Family Liaison Officer is engaged with members of Michael’s family in Poland to provide support and inform the family of the progress of the investigation.”

Superintendent Carolan added: "Garda resources are not being spared in this investigation and several hundred lines of enquiry are being examined.

"We have received massive assistance from the public as well as very valuable information from the local community, the Polish community and the homeless community. However, we are still appealing for anyone with information to come forward.”

Gardaí are appealing to anyone who knew Michal, in particular anyone who met him or knew of his movements at any time on Thursday 3rd August or Friday 4th August to contact with Balbriggan Garda Station on 01 802 0510 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

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