Man jailed for seven years over Glenamaddy killing

Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Latvian man has been sentenced to ten years in prison with the final three years suspended for the manslaughter of another Latvian man in Glenamaddy two years ago.

38 year old Sergejs Krauze, with a former address in Dudley Heights, Glenamaddy, had denied murdering 30 year old Juris Buls on a date unknown between July 7 and 23, 2011, when he appeared at the Central Criminal Court sitting in Galway.

He then pleaded guilty three days into his trial to the lesser charge of manslaughter.

Juris Buls was strangled before his body was dumped in a drain in isolated bogland.

The trial had heard that although the accused had not actually killed Mr Buls, he had helped his violent brother, Andrejs Krauze to carry out the murder and had assisted him in fleeing the country.

Andrejs Krauze is currently on the run and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Passing sentence, Justice Barry White told the accused that although the Gardai were satisfied he was not the instigator of the attack, he had provided valuable assistance to his brother, enabling him to carry out the actual killing.

He suspended the final three years of the ten year sentence.