Fears grow for missing Lithuanian man

FEARS are growing for a missing Lithuanian man, who is charged with killing a fellow national in Cork city 15 months ago.

Raimundas Berzinskas, 38, is missing since mid-December and is in breach of bail conditions imposed after he we was charged with killing Gintaras Balcionas, 38, on the Lower Glanmire Road in October 2005.

Last night, gardaí said they were especially appealing to the Lithuanian community in the city, where the missing man is well known.

“His family and friends are quite concerned about the length of time he has been missing.

“It is over three weeks now and it is not like him. There is no legitimate reason for him to be missing and, as far as his friends are concerned, he gave no sign or intention that he was about to leave,” a senior garda said.

Mr Berzinskas, of St Finbarr’s Place, Proby’s Quay, is a carpenter and worked at a number of jobs in Ireland.

He was last seen between December 15 and 16 on Sullivan’s Quay. He is described as 6ft 2in with shaved blonde hair and a strong build. When he went missing, he was wearing a brown three-quarter length jacket with a red trim, light blue jeans and white runners.

Throughout his time on bail, Mr Berzinskas kept his bail conditions, but no date has been set for his trail.

On October 9, 2005, Mr Balcionas was found dead in the back garden of 1 Rockgrove Terrace, Lower Glanmire Road. He had sustained severe injuries to his head and upper body.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the gardaí at Anglesea Street Station. Telephone: 021 4522000.

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