North East Wales

Motive 'unknown' for murder of Gabor Sarkozi in Meliden

Crime scene in Meliden
Image caption House-to-house inquiries are continuing in and around Meliden

North Wales Police say the motive for the murder of a 38-year-old Hungarian delivery driver in Denbighshire is still unknown.

Police have been given more time to question two men on suspicion of the murder of Gabor Peter Sarkozi.

Mr Sarkozi was attacked near the Chinese takeaway where he worked in Meliden on Tuesday night and died later at Glan Clwyd Hospital.

An inquest has been opened and adjourned by the assistant coroner.

Home Office pathologist Dr Alison Armour gave the provisional cause of death as "blunt head trauma and multiple facial fractures".

North Wales Police said there was no indication whether a weapon was used.

Mr Sarkozi, who lived in Rhyl, was known locally as 'Gabby'. He had been working for the Happy Garden takeaway on Tuesday evening.

Ch Insp Iestyn Davies said: "We believe he was attacked by two men on Ffordd Talargoch. The motive for such an attack is not known at this stage."

"His next of kin in Hungary have been informed and are liaising with police officers working on the investigation, at what is clearly a very difficult time for them," he added.

"I would like to thank the significant number of witnesses who have come forward to provide information which has progressed the inquiry to date."

Further questioning

Two men from Rhyl are being questioned on suspicion of Mr Sarkozi's murder.

Detectives have been granted permission to interview the suspects for a further 36 hours.

Police are appealing for help to trace any witnesses who may have seen an assault in Ffordd Talargoch, Meliden, between 22:00 BST and 22:45 on Tuesday, 18 October.

Detectives also want to speak to anyone who may have seen two men wearing hooded tops on Ffordd Talargoch or on the Dyserth Road leading towards Rhyl between 22:00 BST and 23:35 BST.

A row of properties, including the takeaway, were cordoned off on Wednesday as forensic experts examined the scene.

Extensive house-to-house inquiries are taking place in and around the village and searches of the area are continuing.

Witnesses can also call 101, 0845 6071001 (Welsh language), 0845 6071002 (English), or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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