Man jailed for fatal shooting after escaping from open prison

A Lithuanian man, who was on the run from prison when he shot dead a man in Co Down, has today been jailed for seven years.

Deividas Paliutis (aged 29) of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Ukrainian Dymtro Grytsunov, on April 23, 2011.

He fired the gun during a dispute between a group of men at his partner's house and struck his victim in the chest.

The Central Criminal Court heard he was on the run from Loughan House open prison in Co Cavan, where he had been serving a one-year sentence for assault causing harm.

Although the killing took place in the North, he opted to be tried in the Republic of Ireland.

He was originally charged with murder, but he pleaded guilty to manslaughter and this was accepted by the DPP.

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