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Lithuanian man charged with murdering 26-year-old Latvian man

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A Lithuanian man will go on trial this Thursday charged with murdering a 26-year-old Latvian man in County Laois last year.

Deivydas Zigelis (37) with an address at Spa Street, Portarlington was arraigned before the Central Criminal Court yesterday.

Dressed in a white striped shirt, he pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to the manslaughter of Alexander Karpov in Portarlington on February 15th, 2014.

When asked if he would still require a jury to be sworn in, counsel for the prosecution, Michael Bowman SC replied "yes".

A jury of seven men and five women was sworn in to hear the trial which is due to start Thursday and is expected to last four to five days.