Ukrainian admits role in 'the body in the suitcase' crime

A Ukrainian man has been remanded for sentence next week at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court after admitting to his role in what became known as 'the body in the suitcase' crime.

A Ukrainian man has been remanded for sentence next week at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court after admitting to his role in what became known as 'the body in the suitcase' crime.

Dmytro Semenyuk, 26, also known as Valintins Korelovs, with an address at Mountjoy Square, Dublin 1 pleaded guilty to falsely imprisoning Adrian Bestea and assault causing him harm at Strand Road, Sandymount on July 8, 2001.

Judge Michael White remanded him in custody for sentence on Monday, March 10.

The body of Mr Bestea, a 21-year-old Romanian, was recovered in a suitcase from the Royal Canal on July 20, 2001.

His girlfriend, Marina Sourovtzeva, (aged 31), of Strand Road, Sandymount was jailed for two years last July by Judge Yvonne Murphy after she pleaded guilty to falsely imprisoning the victim and assault causing him harm on the same occasion.

Mr Anthony Sammon SC (with Mr Luan O Braonain BL), defending, submitted it might be "more efficient" to have Judge Murphy sentence Semenyuk considering she had already dealt with Sourovtzeva and was familiar with the case.

Mr Sammon said Semenyuk had been in custody for 18 months and as it was not contested by the prosecution that he had played "a lesser role" in the crime, it might be said he had already served his sentence.

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