Man helped to move and hide body

A MAN with a Kilkenny address has been found guilty of helping to move and hide a body in the woods at Stradbally, County Laois.

A MAN with a Kilkenny address has been found guilty of helping to move and hide a body in the woods at Stradbally, County Laois.

Joachim Pohl (29), 12 Linton Place, Kilkenny, will be sentenced for the crime next Monday at the Central Criminal Court by Mr Justice Paul Carney. A German national, Mr Pohl returned to Ireland voluntarily two years ago to co-operate with a Garda investigation.

He entered a guilty plea to the charge of assisting an offender in the removal and concealment of the body of Thomas Thompson in 2007. Mr Thompson (59), originally from Yorkshire, England, was a self-employed plasterer .

He was killed by a German colleague of Mr Pohl’s, hit with a bale of briquettes, during a row over money. Mr Pohl was present during the attack, and subsequently assisted with moving and concealing the body.

The court heard that he was in great fear of the other man, and he accepted he was involved but was extremely remorseful.