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Monday 18 December 2017

Man jailed for killing lover's husband

Selina Colgan

A POLISH man has received a six-year prison sentence after being convicted of the manslaughter of his lover's husband last year.

Michal Skotak (32) was stabbed in a row following a First Holy Communion celebration for his adopted child on May 16 last year.

Yesterday, Michal Kurowski (29), of Old Gallows Field, Tralee, Co Kerry, was sentenced after he had been convicted of manslaughter at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin. The jury reached its verdict by a 10-1 majority.

Mr Justice Paul Carney stressed the inherently grave nature of the offence and its effect on the victims.

"When anyone equips themselves with a knife, they are liable to end up using it to fatal effect," he said.

In Kurowski's favour, the judge noted his guilty plea to manslaughter and his lack of previous convictions in Ireland.

During the four-day trial, the court heard that the deceased man and his wife, Anna Skotak, had separated in 2009.

She then began a relationship with Mr Kurowski after they met at work.

On the day of the killing, Ms Skotak was driven by Mr Kurowski to Racecourse Lawn in Tralee to collect her two children, who had attended the communion party.

Mr Skotak came out of the house in an angry mood and broke the rear passenger-side window of Mr Kurowski's car.

A fight ensued, during which Mr Kurowski, who was armed with a knife, stabbed Mr Skotak three times in the chest.

When gardai arrived at the scene, Mr Kurowski admitted using the knife and said he had been carrying the blade because of threats that he believed emanated from Mr Skotak.

In a victim-impact statement previously read out to the court, Mr Skotak's sister described her brother as "a very good man".

She said: "His wife was the love of his life -- and he died for that love."

Irish Independent

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