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Northern Ireland pair guilty of homophobic murder

PinkNews Staff Writer March 11, 2010
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Two men have been found guilty of the homophobic murder of a gay Northern Ireland shop worker.

Lithuanians Andrius Dunauskas, 23, and Raminas Balseris, 26, were found guilty today of the murder of openly gay Shaun Fitzpatrick, 32.

Mr Fitzpatrick, a supermarket manager, was was found dead on March 23rd 2008 in an alleyway in Dungannon, County Tyrone.

He had been attacked so savagely paramedics initially thought he had been shot.

Earlier in the trial, Dungannon Crown Court was told that the shopkeeper had 52 injuries separate injuries, with 36 of them to his head.

Dunauskas and Balseris blamed each other for the killing but both were found guilty today of his murder today, which the court heard had been motivated by homophobia.

They had been drinking at the same bar as Mr Fitzpatrick on the night of the killing and attacked him as he walked home.

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