Saturday 20 July 2019

Forensic breakthrough in hunt for brutal machete killers

Mikolaj Wilk
Mikolaj Wilk

Ralph Riegel

Gardaí investigating the savage killing of a Polish gardener who was butchered in front of his family have obtained key forensic evidence in their murder probe.

Forensic data including fibre, blood, DNA and CCTV evidence underpinned the arrest of three men in Cork in connection with the killing of Mikolaj Wilk (35) in Cork last June.

Two - a Pole and a Latvian - were released without charge after being questioned overnight at separate Garda stations.

The third man, a Polish national, was still being questioned yesterday but is also expected to be released without charge.

None of the three is suspected of carrying out the brutal killing. However, they were questioned about providing logistical support to the murderers.

Gardaí last year raided a number of properties in Cork and seized several vehicles.

Forensic data was obtained from the raids, coupled with CCTV footage.

Mr Wilk was attacked with a machete at his Ballincollig home in front of his wife and children on June 10 last. He later died from the horrific injuries he sustained.

The killers fled overseas within 24 hours of the murder.

A file will now be submitted to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

The two criminals who masterminded the brutal murder are now living between Latvia and Lithuania.

Irish Independent

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