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Fundraising page set up to help repatriate body of Polish man

 Janik Sinko

FAMILY and friends of a Polish man who died in suspicious circumstances in Co Antrim have set up a fundraising page to help return his body home.

Janik Sinko (52) was found dead in a house at Townhill Road, Rasharkin on October 22.

A 36-year-old man, also believed to be Polish, was questioned but later released on bail pending further enquiries.

Police are still treating his death as suspicious.

Mr Sinko had lived and worked as a labourer in the Rasharkin area for a number of years.

Family and friends have launched an online appeal to help cover the costs of repatriating his body home to Poland.

The Gofundme page, which was set up by Mr Sinko's son Marcin, has already raised almost £2,000.

"My father died suddenly in tragic circumstances on Sunday morning 22nd October," he wrote.

"We are gathering money to arrange a funeral and body transport to Poland.

"Please any people of good hearts help us raise a sum of 5,000 pounds to cover all necessary arrangements.

"Thanks in advance to all good people out there."

Martina O'Neill, a friend of Mr Sinko, has also appealed for help with raising money.

"Janik Sinko was a lovely man, who has lived in Northern Ireland for over a decade," she said.

"He was a hard-working individual who always had a smile on his face and was a good natured fellow.

"He has sadly passed away in tragic circumstances and the family are needing financial assistance to repatriate his body back home to Poland.

"Any donation you could spare through the Gofundme link would be appreciated."

Tributes have been paid to Mr Sinko on the fundraising page.

One message said: "RIP Janik, you were one in a million, always smiling what a great man you were and sadly missed.

"Our thoughts and prayers for all your family."

Another added: "Rest in peace Janik, very sad to lose a great man. Thoughts and prayers are with the family."

For further information see www.gofundme.com/my-fathers-body-transport-to-poland.

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