Murder investigation launched after 'brutal' attack on man in broad daylight in Irish village

Murder investigation launched after 'brutal' attack on man in broad daylight in Irish village

A MURDER investigation has been launched after a man died from his injuries two days after being attacked in broad daylight in an Irish village.

Stefan Zait, 45, was reportedly kicked in the head during the 'brutal and senseless' assault, which took place in Ardglass, Co. Down, just before 11am on Tuesday.

The PSNI have now confirmed that Mr Zait, who was originally from Romania and was a popular figure in the fishing village, passed away this morning.

A 23-year-old man, who was arrested shortly after the incident, has been released on bail pending further police inquiries.

Meanwhile a 20-year-old arrested last night remains in police custody, where he is currently being questioned by detectives.

Speaking after the PSNI's Serious Crime Branch launched a murder investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Eamonn Corrigan said: “Sadly Stefan Zait died this morning from the serious head injures he received during a brutal and senseless attack in broad daylight on Tuesday morning.

'Family devastated'

“I am now seeking information about his murder. I would like to hear from anyone who witnessed this violent incident during which Stefan sustained fatal injuries.”

He added: “His family are devastated and they deserve to know what happened to him.”

Mr Zait, who had lived in Northern Ireland for six years, worked on the fishing vessels in the harbour and was a popular figure in the town.

A representative from Continuity Sinn Féin Tyrone told The Irish Post: “Stefan was well liked in his community and gave his all in the community. He also had a smile and a chat for all, winter and summer in all weather.”

Mr Zait was attacked near Downpatrick Road and Strangford Road, the two main roads in the village.

Police would particularly like to hear from anyone travelling on buses in the area who may have witnessed the incident, or motorists who may have captured the incident on dashcam.

Anyone with information should contact detectives on 101 quoting reference numbr 377 22/05/18.

Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.