Thursday 22 March 2018

I saw teen stab two Poles in head, girl tells court


A PRIMARY school student has described how she saw a teenager stab two Polish men in the head.

The girl, who cannot be named because of her age, testified by video link at the Central Criminal Court on the fourth day of the trial of two Dublin men charged with murdering the two mechanics

The court has heard Pawel Kalite (29) and Marius Szwajkos (27) were killed on February 23, 2008, on Benbulben Road in Drimnagh, half-an-hour after Mr Kalite got into a fight with their killer's father and a teenager at the local chipper.

David Curran (19), of Lissadel Green, Drimnagh, has pleaded not guilty to their murder but guilty to their manslaughter due to provocation. His 21-year-old co-accused, Sean Keogh, of Vincent Street West, Inchicore, Dublin, pleaded not guilty to the double murder.

"I think David had a screw- driver and the Polish man tried to stop him," the primary school student said. "Then he stabbed him I think in the side of the head." She said the Polish man fell over the garden wall.

"I think he (the second Polish man) tried to jump over the wall to his friend and I think he started fighting with David then," she continued. "I think David stabbed the Polish fella then."

The girl said she saw this man fall too, before David Curran ran towards the local park.

She said she had seen him with the screwdriver moments earlier at the local chipper.

Earlier, State Pathologist Marie Cassidy said the Polish men died of penetrating injuries to their heads, possibly caused by a cross-shaped or Phillips-type screwdriver.

Prof Cassidy testified that Mr Kalite had two cross-shaped injuries on his left scalp, one which penetrated the skull and brain. She said there was an 11cm-long track through his brain from left to right.

"There was extensive damage to the internal structures of the brain and it's unlikely he would have recovered," she said.


She said Mr Kalite also had three broken teeth and multiple abrasions to his face, which she said could have been caused by punching, kicking or falling face down when stabbed. He had fractured ribs, a collapsed lung, bruised arms and abrasions.

Prof Cassidy said Mr Szwajkos also died of a single penetrating wound to the left side of his head, with a hole in the skull and an 11cm-long injury.

"There was extensive damage to the brain stem," she said, saying this was of vital importance. "He would not have recovered from the brain trauma."

She said he also had a fracture to the right side of his skull, which might indicate that he was struck or that he struck the ground when he fell.

He developed pneumonia in hospital, which would have hastened his death, she added.

The trial continues.

Irish Independent

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