Wednesday 27 March 2019

Police search for killing scene where Polish man was stabbed to death

Garda have launched an appeal for anyone who may have come across a bloodstained location, car or clothing
Garda have launched an appeal for anyone who may have come across a bloodstained location, car or clothing

Detectives have still not located the bloody scene where a man was viciously stabbed to death before his body was dumped along an isolated Dublin road eight weeks ago.

Gardai investigating the murder of 34-year-old Michal Kurek admitted on Monday that they had yet to find the spot where the Polish national was killed in a frenzied knife attack.

They have launched an appeal for anyone who may have come across a bloodstained location, car or clothing to contact them.

Mr Kurek had lived and worked in Ireland for a number of years, but at the time of his death he was homeless.

His body was found by the side of a road in Grange, Ballyboughal, north Dublin, on August 4 at around 10.40am.

Detective Inspector Eddie Carroll said police had been able to piece together some of Mr Kurek's last known movements and were hoping it would help bring in new information.

His last known location was Clonsilla railway station at 8.51pm on August 3 - just over 24 hours before his body was discovered.

"We have tracked his movements for most of the day before he died. On the morning of August 3 he was at Drumcondra train station at 10.30am.

"He was then at Blanchardstown shopping centre in the evening time and I know he got a train from Coolmine Train Station to Clonsilla train station at 8.51pm on the evening of the 3rd.

"I don't know his movements after that and we are anxious to find out," Mr Carroll told the Press Association.

"We would like to make an appeal for anyone who spoke to him on August 3 or 4 or who may have known his intentions to come forward.

"Also we would like to hear from anyone who may have seen someone with bloodstained clothing on August 3 or 4, blood staining in any vehicle or if anyone noticed a bloodstained location.

"We would be anxious to identify where that location might be because we don't know where the murder occurred."

Mr Carroll said several hundred lines of inquiry had been followed up in relation to the murder. He said however that a motive had not yet been established.

The detective added that it was not known if Mr Kurek had an appointment to meet anyone on the day of his murder.

"We are anxious for someone to come forward and say if he had an appointment or what he was doing," he said.

According to Mr Carroll, the victim was only known to gardai for a minor road traffic matter a number of years ago.

He said Mr Kurek was an educated man and had been living and working in Ireland since 2010. He had only recently become homeless.

"Based on Michal's last known movements, we are particularly keen to hear from people residing in the areas of Ongar, Clonsilla, Coolmine, Hartstown and Huntstown," he said.

"We are also appealing to members of the Polish community. There is definitely someone out there who can help us find who was behind this."

Anyone with information can contact gardai at Balbriggan garda station on 016664500.

Press Association

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