Saturday 3 December 2016

Man claiming to be a former Polish paratrooper told gardai 'I killed a man' and led them to dead body, murder trial hears

Eoin Reynolds

Published 07/07/2016 | 14:26

Stock photo: Getty
Stock photo: Getty

A man claiming to be a former Polish paratrooper told gardai "I killed a man" and led them to a dead body, a murder trial heard today.

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Andrzej Wawrzyniak (38), with no fixed address, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Jacek Kozakiewicz (44), at a 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 at the same place on the same date.

Garda Seamus Kelly of Store Street Garda Station told prosecuting counsel Dominic McGinn SC that he responded to a call from a Luas driver who said that a man had boarded his tram with blood on his hands and claiming to have stabbed someone.

When he arrived he met Mr Wawrzyniak who said: "I had a fight with my friend. I stabbed him and he is dead."

Garda Eoin Mcdermott told Mr McGinn that the accused told him: "I killed a man. I asked him what had happened and he said he had killed a man."

Mr Wawrzyniak then brought gardai to a manhole that led into a derelict old pub once known as Vallance & McGrath. After a brief search gardai found the body of Mr Kozakiewicz.

Garda Kelly continued speaking to Mr Wawrzyniak who told him he had done nine jumps as a paratrooper.

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

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