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Man's death sparks fear of feud among foreign nationals

Police investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a man whose body was found in a garage on the Moor Road area of Coalisland. Picture by Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press 
Connla Young

FEARS are growing of a feud between foreign nationals after a Lithuanian man was found dead in Co Tyrone.

The 32-year-old’s body was discovered near Coalisland around lunchtime on Thursday and police say they are treating the death as suspicious.

A post-mortem examination was due to be carried out on Friday night.

It is believed his remains were discovered in a large shed at Moor Road, which is close to the M1 motorway.

The grim discovery came after it emerged that another foreign national was shot in the leg earlier this week.

Last month two eastern European men were targeted in paramilitary style attacks in Newry.

The large shed where the man was found is believed to be owned by well-known businessman Pat McDonagh, although it is understood it was leased out to another business.

He was in the headlines in 2005 after the Continuity IRA tried to extort £50,000 from him.

One of two men later charged in connection with the extortion attempt was former CIRA boss Tommy Crossan who was shot dead by unknown gunmen in west Belfast last year.

Sinn Féin MP Francie Molloy said fears are growing that there may be an ongoing feud among foreign nationals in the area.

"My concern is similar to that of the public concern that this is an ongoing feud," he said.

"There are also concerns that the young fellow came home injured and this is all part of the same situation."

Mr Molly said local people are worried that any fallout may be drugs related.

"The concern locally is that it’s related to drugs and some other form of criminality and there is widespread concern this has been an ongoing feud and it seems to be a bit tit for tat.

"My own concern is that if this is part of a drugs feud then there needs to be a proper investigation by the police.”

Three men arrested in the Clonabay area of Coalisland in connection with the shootings in Newry were later released.

A Lithuanian man, Ramunas Macnoris, who was arrested in Dungannon, was charged with two counts of attempted murder.

The man who was shot and assaulted in Coalisland earlier this week left his home in Clonabay at around 3pm on Tuesday and returned with his injuries on early on Wednesday.

An ambulance was later called and the man received treatment.

It is understood medical staff later informed the PSNI about the incident.

Dungannon SDLP councillor Malachy Quinn said people are linking the two most recent incidents.

"The feeling in the community is they may be related," he said.

"What the police are saying to me is nobody else is in danger from these sorts of incidents.

"We thought this was in the past and nobody wants punishment type shooting and nobody has the right to be judge, jury and executioner and I offer my sympathies to the family."

A spokeswoman for the PSNI said they are investigating the "circumstances surrounding the death".

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