Thursday 25 May 2017

Man (38) told gardai he stabbed and killed his housemate when deceased told him he would kill him during a fight, court hears

Andrzej Slawomir Wawrzyniak (36) at a previous hearing
Andrzej Slawomir Wawrzyniak (36) at a previous hearing

Eoin Reynolds

A murder accused told gardai he stabbed and killed his housemate when the deceased told him he would kill him during a fight, the Central Criminal Court heard today.

Andrzej Wawrzyniak (38), with no fixed address, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Jacek Kozakiewicz (44), at the derelict pub on Dublin's North Wall Quay on February 26, 2014. Mr Wawrzyniak pleaded guilty to a second count of assault causing harm to Filip Talaj (31), at the same place on the same date.

Detective Garda Sheila Sheehan today told prosecuting counsel John Quirke BL that she interviewed Mr Wawrzyniak at Store Street Garda Station on February 27, 2014.

She agreed that Mr Wawrzyniak told her that a fight broke out with Jacek but he didn't know what it was about. He described Jacek as aggressive and said he would become abusive when drunk.

He said he knew Jacek had been in the army and that he was a strong, powerful man. As they struggled, he said Jacek told him he was going to kill him. "I could be dead tonight, not him," he told gardai.

Gardai asked him how many times he stabbed Jacek and he replied "I stabbed him two or three times."

The trial continues this afternoon in front of Justice Robert Eagar and a jury of nine men and three women.

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