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Wednesday 30 July 2014

Homeless man stabbed in face and neck during fracas in derelict pub, inquest hears

Published 03/06/2014|12:17

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Jacek Kozakiewicz (44), a Polish man of no fixed abode, died at the Vallance & McGrath pub on North Wall Quay in the city centre.

A homeless man who died following a fracas at a derelict pub in Dublin was stabbed in the face and neck, an inquest heard.

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Jacek Kozakiewicz (44), a Polish man of no fixed abode, died at the Vallance & McGrath pub on North Wall Quay in the city centre on February 26 this year. He was one of a number of people squatting in the building and is believed to have died after a row broke out. 

Another Polish man, Andrzej Slawomir Wawrzyniak, is currently before the courts charged with his murder.

At the opening of the inquest at Dublin Coroner’s Court, Inspector Sharon Kennedy of Store Street Garda Station told the coroner that identification was carried out using fingerprints because Mr Kozakiewicz's family were not available to travel.

Detective Garda Colm Lawlor of the fingerprint section of the Garda Technical Bureau said that he had compared the fingerprints with four other sets on the national database.

There is no doubt about the identification, the court heard.

The post-mortem was carried out by state pathologist Professor Marie Cassidy at the city mortuary in Marino.

Coroner Dr Brian Farrell said that in her preliminary report, she has given the cause of death as “stab wounds to the face and neck”.

Inspector Kennedy confirmed that a person is before the courts in relation to the death and a book of evidence is currently being prepared.

Dr Farrell adjourned the inquest until completion of criminal proceedings.

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