Freed Rape Suspect Sought Over Kilkeel Killing

A foreign national who embarrassed officials when he was freed by mistake from a high security jail in Co Antrim last autumn is being sought over a shock Co Down murder.

After last weekend's shooting in Kilkeel, the PSNI have appealed for help in tracing the runaway, Devidas Paliutis, (pictured) as they want to question him in connection with the murder of 29-year-old Dmytro Grytsunov who was shot in Rooney Park in Kilkeel on Saturday night.

Paliutis originally left Maghaberry Prison - where he was being held on charges of rape, burglary and false imprisonment - after the Prison Service was told that holding charges had been withdrawn.

However, they but did not realise he had been returned for trial to the Crown Court on other charges.

The Lithuanian man, who is aged 27, had just appeared at Newry Magistrates Court via a video link from Maghaberry Prison and the Prison Service was advised that the holding charges were withdrawn from the Magistrates Court.
News Image
They failed to act on the notification that other charges had been substituted - for which he was returned for trial to the Crown Court - and erroneously released Paliutis.

Now, the PSNI want to speak to Mr Paliutas and another man, Ernestas Rudeckis, in relation to the shooting, but the police have urged the public not to approach either of them.

Meanwhile, another man has been arrested on Tuesday evening, in connection with the killing at Rooney Park while a 32-year-old woman remains in police custody.

Mr Grytsunov, who was originally from Ukraine, died after being shot in the chest.

Three other men who were being questioned about his murder have since been released on police bail and a 39-year-old woman has been released unconditionally after a follow-up search saw police recovering a firearm and ammunition.

See: Freed Prisoner Embarrassment For Minister


Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

10 March 2020
Man Escapes Injury In Co Antrim Shooting
A man aged in his 40s has escaped injury after a shot was fired at his Co Antrim home. Police are appealing for information following the incident in the Orkney Drive area of Ballymena early on Monday morning, 09 March. A shot was fired at the house shortly after midnight, causing damage to a front window.
28 February 2020
Three Charged Over Strabane Funeral Incident
Three men are facing charges in connection with a disturbance at a funeral in Co Tyrone where a number of dangerous weapons were seized. The 17, 22 and 32 year-olds are charged with several offences, including possessing an offensive weapon and possessing an article with a blade or point in a public place.
18 June 2013
Willie Frazer Arrested For Bail Breach
Prominent loyalist campaigner Willie Frazer has been arrested for breaching his bail conditions. The 52-year-old was arrested on Monday at about 19:30 in the Portadown area. He is expected to appear in court today. Bail conditions were imposed following charges linked to union flag protests earlier in the year.
08 September 2010
Man Bailed Over Sex Offences
A 40-year-old man has appeared before Belfast Magistrates Court today, charged in connection with a number of sexual offences. The man faces on charge of rape, two charges of sexual assault and one charge of sexual activity with a child.
09 April 2008
Shoukri Pleads Guilty To Paramilitary Membership
A leading north Belfast loyalist who appeared in court today has pleaded guilty to being a member of the Ulster Defence Association (UDA). Ihab Shoukri, 34, from Westland Drive, appeared at Belfast Crown Court today with five other men in relation to an arrest which had taken place at a bar in March 2006.