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Death of Lithuanian man found in Newry house 'not suspicious'

By Nevin Farrell

Police investigating the sudden death of a Lithuanian man in Newry have said it is not being treated as "suspicious".

Police have launched an investigation after the body of 56-year-old Rimantis Tamosiunas was found inside a house at around 8pm on Saturday.

A post mortem examination is due to be held today to determine the cause of death.

Yesterday afternoon police confirmed the death was not being treated as suspicious.

Detective Chief Inspector Stephen Wright said: "The death of Rimantis Tamosiunas is not being treated as suspicious".

Neighbours have expressed their shock after the sudden death of a Lithuanian man in Newry.

Last night a police vehicle was still outside the end-of-terrace house which was sealed off with tape. A light was on in the living room.

Local people expressed their sadness and said the dead man lived at the Catherine Street house where he was found. It is at the top of the hill close to Our Lady's Grammar School, not far from Newry city centre.

Neighbour Justin Holmes (34) said: "I wasn't here last night, but I am shocked.

"I know somebody has been found dead.

"I didn't really know him, he kept himself to himself.

"He was a foreigner, I would have seen him about the odd time but we'll not be seeing him now.

"I think he has a wife and a daughter that live with him.

"Everybody is shocked."

Another neighbour, Doreena Hunter (45), said: "I didn't know him, I saw him walking up and down the street.

"This street is very quiet and I don't know anybody on it, but it is horrible this has happened on the street."

Petras Kveksaitis (29), a Lithuanian, said the man was a fellow national.

"The police would not tell me anything," he added.

A pizza delivery man said: "I saw the ambulance last night and there was a woman at the door letting the ambulance fellas in."

At a nearby hot food takeaway a woman said: "Police came after 8pm on Saturday and cordoned the area off and an ambulance came.

"We didn't know the man, but this is a quiet area. There would be a lot of foreigners living here.

"It is not a nice thing to happen just up the road."

At a nearby shop on Erskine Street a woman said people did not know what happened, but they had seen the area sealed off and were wondering what had taken place.

Ballymena-based Bill Sinnerton, the Honorary Consul for the Republic of Lithuania in Northern Ireland, passed on his condolences to the man's family.

"This is very sad to hear of someone who has probably come to Northern Ireland to improve his situation," he said.

"It is particularly sad when somebody dies and dreadful for his family here and in Lithuania where they have the issues of distance and language to deal with."

He said that arrangements had probably been put in place with the Lithuanian embassy in London, but said if he could be of any help he was ready to step in.

Mr Sinnerton estimated that there are some 20,000 Lithuanians living in Northern Ireland with the biggest concentrations in Armagh, Dungannon, Craigavon and Newry.

The senior investigating officer, Detective Inspector Jill Duffie, said: "We are keen to trace the movements of the deceased in the hours leading up to his death.

"We would like to hear from anyone who knows him or who may have seen him at any time on Saturday, January 24. Detectives can be contacted at Newry CID on 101."

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