Saturday 18 November 2017

Cavan stab row accused are flight risks, court told

Michael Cryan

A MAN who has been charged in relation to a fatal stabbing booked a flight to Poland 12 hours after the incident, a court has been told.

Detective Inspector Fergus Treanor told Virginia District Court in Cavan that he was objecting to bail for two Polish men charged in connection with the death of a Romanian national because of the seriousness of the offences and the fact that the DPP may consider more serious charges.

"I believe both defendants are flight risks," he said.

Prezemyslaw Trebacz, of Bramble Rose, Cavan, was charged with assault causing harm, to Costel Catalin Cretu at Connolly Court, Connolly, Street, Cavan, on October 14. He was also charged with aggravated burglary on the same occasion.

Marcin Kalinowski, of Rathdrum, Drumalee, Cavan, was charged with threatening to kill, burglary and criminal damage on the same date.

Inspector Treanor told the court he had evidence that Mr Trebacz had booked a flight to Poland on his laptop 12 hours after the stabbing.

"Investigations are also continuing to the identity of Trebacz with other agencies including Interpol," he told the court.

He claimed that a threat was made to a critical witness in the case in that his throat would be cut if he mentioned anything of the alleged incident.

"Trebacz is not before the court on that particular charge but he was present when it was made," he added.

Threat

Inspector Treanor also objected to bail for Mr Kalinowski on the same conditions.

"It would be alleged that it was Kalinowski issued the threat on the night."

Replying to Mark Quinn, solicitor for Mr Kalinowski, Inspector Treanor said the critical witness was not present in court but the allegation had been put to the accused and he accepted it.

Judge Sean MacBride said he was refusing bail in both cases and remanded both men to appear at Harristown District Court this Friday.

Irish Independent

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