Pole who murdered six people tried to kill himself last month
Published 16/08/2011 | 05:00
AS TWO friends enjoyed the sunshine on a quiet summer's afternoon in St Helier, their peace was shattered by a woman's scream.
They saw Izabela Rzeszowski (30) run out of her flat as a man chased her with a knife in hand.
Her father Marek (55), and her two children, Kinga (5), and Kacper (18 months), were already dead. Her best friend, Marta De La Haye (34), lay dying on the doorstep with her five-year-old daughter Julia, who was also murdered, nearby.
The attacker was named locally yesterday as Damian Rzeszowski, a labourer.
Friends spoke of their heartbreak at the massacre, which has shocked the 10,000-strong Polish community on Jersey, the largest of the Channel Islands.
One close friend of the couple said Mr Rzeszowski had attempted suicide a month ago after admitting that he and his wife were having problems.
But he said doctors at Jersey General Hospital discharged Mr Rzeszowski only a day later. "I am so angry," he added. "They should never have let him go."
A spokesman for the hospital refused to comment.
Last night, as the 30-year-old male suspect remained under arrest in hospital after emergency surgery, Alex Wambua (38), and Bryan Ogesa (24) told of the events that unfolded on Sunday evening.
"The man was running after her, screaming in Polish. Suddenly he grabbed her with his left hand and began stabbing her in the back, again and again," said Mr Wambua.
Mr Ogesa grabbed a traffic cone to ward off the attacker as Mr Wambua shouted at the man to stop.
"When I shouted 'What are you doing?', the wife came running towards me but collapsed next to her friend. Then the guy started walking back towards the front door, stabbing himself hard in the arms and chest.
"He had a crazy stare and scared me to death. I think the woman on the floor was already dead. The other woman had blood all over her. We did what we could to help her with CPR."
Mr Wambua said the man, whom he described as 5ft 8in with blond, spiky hair, then turned back toward the flat.
"As he opened the front door I saw an older man lying on his front with a blade sticking into his back. I think he was dead," he said. "I saw a blonde girl who looked very young lying beyond him. There was so much blood."
Mr Ogesa, a patent office worker in St Helier, said: "The man closed the door and five minutes later the police arrived."
Another neighbour, who gave his name only as John, said he was gardening when he heard "a blood-curdling scream".
"By the time I got over there it was all over. Then a paramedic emerged from the house carrying the limp body of a little girl," he said.
"The female paramedic was in tears. She was followed by a policewoman carrying a second lifeless child. She was weeping, too."