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Accused had no motive to kill, argues his defence



Michal Kurek

Michal Kurek

Michal Kurek

The lawyer for a man accused of murdering his former flatmate by stabbing him 62 times has told his trial that the prosecution has presented "less than half a story" and could not say when, where, why or how the deceased was killed.

Defence counsel Dominic McGinn SC also argued in his closing speech yesterday that the State was unable to point to a motive between the accused man and the deceased. He said this was one of the biggest mysteries in the case as they were "like brothers" to each other.

Sebastian Barczuk (32), with an address at Briarwood Lawn, Mulhuddart, Dublin 15, has pleaded not guilty to murdering his homeless friend Michal Kurek (33) at a place unknown within the State between August 3 and August 4, 2017.

Mr Kurek, a homeless man with addiction difficulties, was found lying in the gateway of a country lane in Ballyboughal with 62 stab wounds to his body, including 25 knife wounds to his back on August 4.

A Nokia 105 mobile phone was located in the right-hand pocket of the victim's jeans and the handset was still powered on. Evidence has been given that a cyclist discovered the body.

Former Deputy State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis has testified that the Polish national died from "multiple stab wounds and with a contributory factor of blunt-force trauma to the head and chest".

In his closing statement, Mr McGinn said the prosecution had set out a cogent case but the jury could not accept the State's presentation of it at face value.

Questioning the evidence, the barrister said the State had only presented "less than half a story" and could not say when, where, why and how Mr Kurek was killed.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt will begin charging the jury on Monday morning before they commence their deliberations.

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