Saturday 16 December 2017

Man charged with derelict pub murder

Andrzej Slawomir Wawrzyniak (36) appeared in Dublin District Court this morning
Andrzej Slawomir Wawrzyniak (36) appeared in Dublin District Court this morning

By Andrew Phelan

A MAN has been charged with murdering a Polish man who was stabbed to death in a derelict pub in Dublin on Wednesday night.

Andrzej Slawomir Wawrzyniak (36) appeared in Dublin District Court this morning accused of killing Jacek Kozakiewicz (44), who died following an incident at a disused bar in the city's docklands.

He was remanded in custody for a week after Judge Patricia McNamara was told he made no reply to the charge after caution.

Mr Wawrzyniak, who is also Polish and of no fixed address is charged with murdering Mr Kozakiewicz at Vallance and McGrath pub on North Wall Quay on February 26 last.

Det Sgt John Brady told the court he arrested the defendant at 10.55pm last night at Store Street Garda Station. He was charged at 11.30pm by Sgt Mark Jordan. He made no reply to the charge after caution and was handed a copy of the charge sheet.

Defence Solicitor John Wood said the accused did not require an interpreter at this stage but may need one later for more "technical aspects" of the proceedings.

Legal aid was granted after a statement of the accused's financial means was handed in to the court. Judge McNamara remanded the defendant in custody to appear in Cloverhill District Court on March 7.

She also directed medical attention for the accused's "health problems" while he is in custody.

The accused, wearing a black tshirt with a Fleetwood Mac logo, navy tracksuit bottoms and white runners, did not address the court during the brief hearing.

Gardai have said Mr Kozakiewicz (43) had been squatting with others in the derelict Vallance and McGrath pub at North Wall Quay in Dublin's docklands.

Gardai were alerted on Wednesday night and went to the disused bar where they found Mr Kozakiewicz's body on the third floor. He had suffered multiple stab wounds.

Mr Kozakiewick’s body remained at the scene overnight and State Pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy carried out a preliminary postmortem before the body was removed for further tests yesterday. Mr Kozakiewick had been living rough in Dublin for some time.

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