Murder victim ‘lived with his alleged killer’

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A murder victim who was tortured before his brutal death had been residing with his alleged killer, a court heard on Wednesday.

Dungannon Magistrate’s Court also heard how, before his gruesome death, victim Gediminas Stauskas had been sought by police in relation to alleged involvement in a shooting which occurred in Newry shortly before his death.

Darius Sikorskas, 34, whose address was given as no fixed abode, Armagh, was arrested shortly after the grim discovery of the victim’s body in a Coalisland garage, and charged with murder.

He is additionally accused of 15 other violent crimes including kidnapping, attempted murder and possessing a firearm, allegedly committed over roughly a four-week period.

The details emerged during a bail application for co-accused Marius Dzimisevicious, 27, of Thomas Street, Dungannon, who is alleged to have assisted Sikorskas in “transportation”.

In opposing bail, a detective told Dungannon Magistrate’s Court CCTV evidence shows Dzimisevicious and a co-accused at the murder scene.

The detective said that, when arrested, Dzimisevicious claimed to have no knowledge of the accused or the incident and denied any involvement.

Defence counsel submitted a bail address had been secured with the Sisters of Mercy in Armagh, but District Judge John Meehan said he was refusing bail.

Dzimisevicious was remanded in continuing custody to reappear by video-link next month.