Tuesday 20 February 2018

Polish man arrested after six years on the run

A 36 year old Polish man wanted in his native country on charges including car jacking, extortion, robbery and assault has been detained by the Gardai six years after he skipped bail.

Krzsztof Karpiuk was arrested in April 2008 and brought before the High Court on foot of a European Extradition Warrant issued by the Polish Authorities in 2006.  He was granted bail. However he failed to show up when his case was listed before the High Court two weeks later.  A bench warrant directing his arrest was issued.


Yesterday he was brought before Mr Justice Anthony Barr following his arrest on Thursday morning by the Gardai.


The EAW seeking Mr. Karpiuk's surrender says he received a custodial sentence in Poland after he was convicted of charges including fraud robbery, assault and extortion. He has approximately three years left to serve, the EAW states.


His convictions relate to incidents in Hajnowka, Poland in 2001. The EAW says that in October of that year Mr Karpiuk and another man threatened to burn down a local bar and harm the wife and children of the owner unless the owner paid over money.


He was also convicted in respect of an incident when a car owner was robbed at knife point and the victim's vehicle was taken for a joyride. 


Yesterday at the High Court Detective Sgt. Martin O'Neill from the Garda Extradition Unit said he arrested Mr. Karpiuk at a house on Ellesmere Avenue in Dublin 7 around 8am on Thursday morning.


He told the court that documentation found in the house showed Mr Karpiuk, who prior to his arrest in 2008 had been living in Ireland with his partner and children and had worked in the construction sector,  had been living under an assumed identity.


Mr Karpiuk, who was legally represented, did not speak during the brief hearing.  No application for bail was made.


Mr Justice Barr remanded Karpiuk in custody. He will appear before a sitting of the High Court in early July.

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