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'We forgive you,' sister of murder victim told accused in garda station, court is told


Separated: Rafal Karaczyn and his wife Natalia

Separated: Rafal Karaczyn and his wife Natalia

Separated: Rafal Karaczyn and his wife Natalia

The sister of mother-of-three Natalia Karaczyn has told a jury how she told her brother-in-law "we forgive you" after he admitted killing her.

Rafal Karaczyn (34), of Crozon Park, Sligo, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of his 30-year-old wife Natalia at their family home in Crozon Park between April 29, 2018, and May 1, 2018.

Natalia's sister Magdalena McMorrow gave evidence at the Central Criminal Court yesterday. Ms McMorrow told the court she was brought to Ballymote garda station on May 2, 2018, a day after Natalia's body was found. She was in a room alone with Mr Karaczyn in the station when he told her: "I did it, I did it."

Mr Karaczyn had told her Natalia had got "messed up with the wrong people" and "Travellers" had put a gun to his head and threatened to put a gun to the heads of their three children if he didn't leave a back window open to let them in and hurt Natalia.

She said Mr Karaczyn told her he left the window open to allow them in and he then found Natalia dead and brought her body to a forest.

When Mr Karaczyn told Ms McMorrow he killed Natalia, she said the accused told her he and Natalia had had an argument in the early hours of April 29, 2018.

Ms McMorrow said he had told her Natalia went into the box room of their home. She was pushing him out. He walked into the room and during their arguing "he grabbed her and strangled her".

She said Mr Karaczyn then told her he had put the body in the boot of the car.

Reading from her statement to gardaí, Michael Bowman SC, for Mr Karaczyn, put it to Ms McMorrow she said: "He [Mr Karaczyn] said it was 'my hands'. I said, 'yes, but your mind and body wasn't there'. I told him 'we forgive him'. He said he will never forgive himself."

The trial continues before Ms Justice Eileen Creedon and a jury of seven women and five men.

Irish Independent