Published: 13:39, 20 May 2019
| Updated: 14:31, 20 May 2019
A carpenter at the centre of a murder probe died after a fight just days before his 40th birthday.
Giedrius Cesnulevicius, 39, was taken to King's College Hospital on the evening of Saturday, March 16 having suffered a serious head injury, an inquest opening at Archbishop's Palace in Maidstone heard.
He'd been involved in an altercation in the garden of his home in Westmount Avenue, Chatham, earlier in the evening during which he was knocked out.
As his house mate attempted to carry him inside he fell and hit his head. Paramedics were called and he was taken to the London hospital where he died two days later.
A pathologist concluded his death was the result of head injuries and also recorded cirrhosis of the liver.
Area coroner Bina Patel said due to ongoing criminal proceedings a full inquest would be postponed.
She passed on her condolences to Lithuanian-born Mr Cesnulevicius' family.
A man and a woman in their 30s from Chatham, a woman in her 40s and a man in his 30s from Gravesend, all of whom knew the victim, were arrested in connection with the death at the time of the incident.
They are on bail pending further inquiries until June 13.
In the wake of Mr Cesnulevicius' death a fundraising page was set up in an effort to bring his body home. In total £3,515 was raised.
Friends paid tribute to Mr Cesnulevicius, known to many as Vesta.
Donata Kvietkauskaite who set up the page described him as a "good and cheerful young man" who was due to turn 40 on March 23.
She added money raised "will help us to achieve the goal of burying our beloved friend in Lithuania, where his mothers lie."
Anyone with information about the incident on March 16 is asked to call police on 01634 792209, quoting 46/50029/19, or to remain anonymous Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
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