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Guilty Office cleaner convicted of murdering homeless man who was beaten and left to die

In the days before he was attacked, Mr Bob had a "stroke of luck" at a Dublin city centre casino, winning around €2,700.

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Fatal assault victim Ioan Artene Bob, from Romania

Fatal assault victim Ioan Artene Bob, from Romania

Fatal assault victim Ioan Artene Bob, from Romania

A jury has this morning (Thursday, April 14) convicted a Romanian gypsy man of murdering a homeless man – four years and one day after he beat his victim and left him to die in a Dublin park. 

Feri Anghel (42), of no fixed abode but originally from Romania, had pleaded not guilty to the murder of fellow Romanian national Ioan Artene Bob (49) in Sean Walsh Memorial Park, Tallaght, Dublin, in the early hours of Friday, April 13, 2018.

But a jury of eight men and three women took only three hours and 44 minutes to return a unanimous verdict of guilty on the murder charge following a trial that opened at Central Criminal Court seven weeks ago.

It was Anghel's second time to stand trial on the same charge, with a jury in August last year failing to reach a verdict after a three-month long trial.

After expressing his gratitude to the jury, Mr Justice Paul Burns excused them duty for the next 10 years.

Mr Justice Burns also remanded Anghel in custody until May 30 for sentencing, pending the preparation of background reports and a victim impact statement.

At the outset of the trial in February, Anghel – who had been working as an office cleaner at the time of his arrest – had answered "one hundred percent not guilty" when the registrar put the charge of murder to him.

The jury heard that his victim, Ioan Bob, had worked in construction but by the time of his death was living a "transient" life in Dublin city and had slept in his car for a time. In the days before he was attacked, Mr Bob had a "stroke of luck" at a Dublin city centre casino, winning around €2,700.

The court heard that some members of the Romanian community in Dublin had "picked up on the win" but that Mr Bob had sent a large portion of the money home to his family by the time he was attacked.

The jury heard that a badly beaten Mr Bob was found by a woman out walking her dog in Sean Walsh Memorial Park, Tallaght, in the early hours of Friday, April 13, 2018.

Witness Marzana Jurzak told the trial that she had asked Mr Bob if he had been attacked and that in response the victim showed her "four fingers". Ms Jurzak said she formed the impression that Mr Bob was trying to communicate that there were four attackers.

aramedic Paula Lawless said that Mr Bob had "racoon eyes" through severe bruising when she attended the scene shortly after 8am. Ms Lawless said that she and a colleague assisted a walking Mr Bob to their ambulance and performed respiratory and cardiac procedures that showed his heart-rate to be normal.

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The ambulance journey to Tallaght Hospital passed without incident but Mr Bob went into respiratory arrest upon arrival, later suffering cardiac arrest.

Former Deputy State Pathologist Doctor Margot Bolster, who carried out the autopsy on Mr Bob, told the trial that he had suffered a broken nose, extensive bruising to the top of his head, a broken jaw and several broken teeth in the attack. She said that multiple lacerations and bruises to the neck, arms, hands and face were also visible.

Dr Bolster said that Mr Bob's lungs had collapsed after multiple ribs became fractured and that his injuries were consistent with those sustained through "kicking and stamping".

Dr Bolster concluded the cause of death to be "very severe and extensive" blunt-force trauma, a bilateral lung-collapse and pulmonary haemorrhage.

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