Gardaí investigating final movements of Polish man

Monday 26 August 2013 21.59
Henryk Piotrowski's remains were discovered last Friday in Walkinstown
Henryk Piotrowski's remains were discovered last Friday in Walkinstown

Gardaí investigating the death of a man whose body was found at a waste recycling facility are seeking help from the public in identifying his final movements.

Henryk Piotrowski's remains were discovered at a Panda recycling plant in Walkinstown in Dublin last Friday.

Mr Piotrowski moved to Ireland from Poland in recent years and is believed to have been homeless.

It is believed he climbed into a bin while seeking shelter. The bin was crushed after being loaded onto a waste-collection truck.

Mr Piotrowski's family in Poland have been informed of his death.

Gardaí said the truck in which his body was found had collected recycling bins from the city centre last Friday.

They believe Mr Piotrowski was in the Dame Street area on Thursday night, with further reported sightings around Merchant's Quay early on Friday morning.

Anyone with information is asked to contact gardaí in Crumlin.

Charity chief says death was 'horrific'

The head of a charity that works with homeless people has said Mr Piotrowski's death was horrific.

Trust Director Alice Leahy was one of the last people to see Mr Piotrowski alive.

Speaking on RTÉ's News at One, Ms Leahy said: "This was a horrific death. For anyone, death in a skip - I mean, what must have been going through that man's head, even listening to those trucks going around.

"And also, the staff who found him and were left thinking that there was a human being in there."

Ms Leahy questioned the current approach to homelessness, saying that not everyone is able to deal with bureaucracy and red tape.

"I think there's something very wrong in how we're addressing homelessness. Homelessness isn't just about housing. Millions has been spent. Experts have said it would be all solved in 2010," she said.

"Another lot of experts and another new minister, it will be solved, I think, two years down the road. There will always be people who will need care, attention, understanding."

Ms Leahy said that a concerned colleague had asked her to look at Mr Piotrowski's feet not long before his death.

"Now they were in a dreadful state. He had his feet soaked in a basin of lovely lukewarm water and suds," she said.

"They were, like, all I could think of when I was walking along the other day when I heard of his horrific death, it was like as if you stood on black plums and they squashed onto your feet and you left the skins there in your feet."