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Murder probe launched after man dies following serious assault in broad daylight

45-year-old Stefan Zait was fatally assaulted before 11am in Ardglass, Co Down, on Tuesday morning.

1 Ardglass, Co Down Source: Google Maps

POLICE IN NORTHERN Ireland have launched a murder investigation after a man died from the head injuries he suffered after being assaulted in broad daylight.

45-year-old Stefan Zait, who had been living in the area for the past six years, died this morning from the injuries he had sustained in Ardglass, Co Down, on Tuesday morning.

The assault was this evening described as “brutal and senseless” by Detective Chief Inspector with the PSNI Eamonn Corrigan.

“I would like to hear from anyone who witnessed this violent incident during which Stefan sustained fatal injuries,” he said.

Zait was attacked before 11am near the Downpatrick Road and Strangford Road in the village, Corrigan said, adding that he was particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have been a passenger on a bus or driving a car with a dashcam on those roads who may have witnessed the assault or captured the incident.

Two men, aged 23 and 20, have been arrested since the assault. the 23-year-old was released on bail shortly after, while the other man remains in custody.

Zait, who was originally from Romania, had lived in the area for the past six years, where he worked on the local fishing vessels in the harbour.

“His family are devastated and they deserve to know what happened to him,” said Corrigan.

Anyone with information should contact detectives on 101 quoting reference number 377 22/05/18. Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent, anonymous charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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