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Tipperary

Independent post-mortem to be carried out on man who died days after alleged assault

A man was charged in relation to the incident today.

LAST UPDATE | 3 Mar

A JUDGE TODAY ordered that an independent post-mortem be conducted on a man who died a number of days after he was allegedly fatally assaulted at an accommodation centre in Co Tipperary.

Judge Carol Anne Coolican granted an application calling for the independent autopsy, during a special sitting of Newcastle West District Court in Co Limerick, today.

Ivan Volkov (65) with an address at House 2, Holm Oak Cottages, Dundrum House Hotel, Dundrum, Co Tipperary, appeared before the court, charged in connection with the fatal assault of Shamil Nabiev, a 69-year old native of Azerbaijan.

Volkov, a Ukrainian national, who appeared in court with crutches, was charged with one count of assault causing harm to Nabiev, last Sunday, 25 February, at the Dundrum House Hotel accommodation centre.

He was also charged with one count of affray at the same location on the same date.

A Ukrainian interpreter was provided to Volkov to explain what was happening during today’s court hearing.

Garda Pat Ahern, Tipperary Town, gave evidence of arresting Volkov at 9.18am, on Saturday, 2 March and charging him at 10pm that night with the two offences before the court.

Garda Ahern said Volkov replied to the assault charge: “I didn’t attack, I was defending myself”.

He said Volkov made no reply to the charge of affray.

Inspector Paul Slattery, Tipperary, told the court gardaí had “no objection” to bail.

Philip English, solicitor for Volkov, said he was not making an application for bail but he said he would “likely“ be seeking bail on behalf of the accused at a later date.

English made an application for “an independent post mortem” be conducted on the victim’s body, and he told the court “there is a certain urgency in respect to that”.

He said Volkov was living in Dundrum on “temporary protection refugee” status, that he has “serious health issues”, and he is in receipt of a weekly disability payment of €236 from the State.

Judge Carol Anne Coolican granted the solicitor’s application for an independent post mortem.

Judge Coolican also granted the accused free legal aid and ordered that he receive “all necessary medical assistance while in custody”.

The judge remanded Volkov in custody to appear before Nenagh District Court when a bail hearing is likely to proceed.

Gardaí stated in an earlier press release that the injured party was taken to Tipperary University Hospital on 29 Thursday February 2024 to be treated for his injuries but had since died.

The Garda press notice stated that a post-mortem would be carried out today by the State Pathologist Dr Margot Bolster and that the scene of the alleged assault was being held for technical examination.

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