Man jailed after dream inspires disclosure to gardaí

A 29-year-old German builder has today been jailed for five years for moving and hiding a man's body.

The Central Criminal Court heard that Joachim Pohl, with an address at Linton Place, Kilkenny, also helped clean up the scene after Thomas Thompson was struck twice on the head with a bale of briquettes at his home in Borris Road, Portlaoise in April 2007.

A self-employed plasterer, Thompson was struck with a bale of briquettes by an employee of Pohl's building businesses during a row over money he was owed for work.

Pohl helped tie up the body, place it in a wheelie bin and bring it to Dysert Wood near Stradbally, where it was buried in April 2007.

He was arrested along with the other man the following December, but charges of burglary were dismissed because of a failure to provide a book of evidence.

The following January, Pohl disclosed to gardaí where the body was hidden.

He said he came forward after he had a dream that he was in jail and the employee who had struck the plasterer was looking in laughing at him.

He has been jailed for five years.

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