Man accused of uncle murder

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Man accused of uncle murder thumbnailMark Sinko pictured with a police officer last Thursday. Photo: Pacemaker.

A POLISH man has appeared in court accused of murdering his uncle at Rasharkin last autumn during an alcohol-fuelled argument over rent.
Marek Sinko, 36, of  Townhill Road, is charged with killing Eugeniusz Sinko, 53, on October 22.
A Detective Inspector told Ballymena Magistrates last Thursday that he believed he could connect the defendant to the charge and described the case as a "very serious matter."
Bail was granted by District Judge Nigel Broderick. However prosecutors said they intended to appeal.
The court heard how the alleged incident had occurred when the defendant had found the victim outside the  property that morning, following an altercation between the two  the previous evening.
Eugeniusz Sinko was found partially clothed with facial wounds.
The court was told the defendant and his uncle had fought the night before in a dispute over  rent, which had resulted in the victim  sustaining a number of injuries.
The defendant had helped the victim to a chair and his uncle then went outside to clean himself, the court heard.
However, a pathology report disputed this, stating that the injured party would have fallen unconscious.
There was evidence that attempts had been made to clean the kitchen of "low splatter blood".
It was also claimed that the alleged victim may have been dragged outside.
The court was told how he had sustained 63 injuries, with his death a result of a traumatic brain injury.
It was explained that there are three grades relating to brain injuries  on a scale of 1-3, with 3 being the most severe.
Grade 3 injuries are usually as a result of a fall from height, a serious road traffic collision or a serious assault, and in this case it was deemed that a serious assault had brought about the alleged victim's Grade 3 injury.
The defendant was initially arrested in October last year and released on bail. He claimed he had struck his uncle five times and has not changed his stance, stating that this is what he recalled.
He said his uncle had made no attempt to fight back and admitted that the alteraction had been "brutal," the court was told.
Police objected to bail stating this was an "extremely serious charge" and a murder investigation.
Defence solicitor Stewart Ballentine said that the defendant acknowledged that it was a tragedy and he had no intention to hurt his uncle.
Alcohol had been consumed and when he woke up and saw his uncle outside the next morning, he contacted police, his brother and his work manager. He also tried to perform CPR.
The defendant has a clear record, an extended family in the area and   been employed in the same job for the last 14 years.
 He has not consumed alcohol since and is attending AA.
The defendant has been on police bail since last October and abided  by all conditions including a curfew and surrendering his passport.
Mr Ballentine said: "This is an unusual case and a tragic case."
District Judge Nigel Broderick told the defendant: "You face the most serious criminal charge - murder."
Judge Broderick granted conditional bail in the sum of 750 and the Public Prosecution Service indicated they will be appealing the decision. The case was adjourned until June 14.


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