North East Wales

Remand on takeaway driver Gabor Sarkozi murder charge

Police at scene in Meliden
Image caption Police believe Gabor Sarkozi may have been attacked twice before he was found

Two men have appeared in court charged with the murder of a takeaway delivery driver in a Denbighshire village.

Gabor Sarkozi, 38, a Hungarian, died in hospital after being found at Meliden, near Prestatyn, last Tuesday night.

Gary Bland, 41, and James Siree, 21, both of Rhyl, were remanded in custody by Prestatyn magistrates to appear at Caernarfon Crown Court.

The men spoke only to confirm their names, dates of birth and home addresses during a five-minute hearing.

Detectives believe people in a passing car may have seen the murder, and that the victim was attacked twice.

Mr Sarkozi, known as Gabby, was found with serious head injuries in Ffordd Talagoch in Meliden at 10:45 BST last Tuesday.

He lived in Rhyl and worked as a food delivery driver for the Happy Garden Chinese takeaway in Meliden and had been working the night he died.


Det Ch Insp Iestyn Davies said before the court hearing that the public response so far had been "extremely encouraging".

"Mr Sarkozi's death shocked the local community who have assisted us greatly in the progress of the enquiry," he said.

"I do believe that there are further witnesses who have yet to come forward who could provide important evidence in this case.

"I would appeal again for the driver of a light-coloured Mini One or Cooper-type car with a black roof and possibly a convertible to come forward.

"We know that this vehicle travelled through Meliden village between 22:45 BST and 22.50 BST and that the occupants would have witnessed the attack.

"I now believe that Mr Sarkozi was attacked at two separate places on the night in question and that the other attack location was on Ffordd Talargoch near to the entrance of Dyserth Hall Mews."

Mr Davies said it was about 100 yards on the Meliden side of the Dyserth traffic lights and three-quarters of a mile from where Mr Sarkozi was found.

He asked anyone who was walking or cycling along the road between 21:30 BST and midnight to come forward as they may have important information.

North Wales Police can be contacted on 101, if in Wales, or Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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