Friday 19 January 2018

Man who was accused of killing his wife found dead in cell

Tom Brady

Tom Brady

Three separate investigations are under way into the circumstances surrounding the death of a murder accused who killed himself in jail, a week after jumping from a courthouse window.

Marius Sarzynski (37) was found dead in Cloverhill Prison last night where he was being held on remand after being accused of killing his wife, Aleksandra Sarzynski, last August.

He was on suicide watch after an incident last week when he jumped out of a second storey window of Navan courthouse.

He had been readmitted to prison on Tuesday.

Marius Sarzynski (right).
Marius Sarzynski (right).

His body was discovered at 10.30pm on Tuesday night. Mr Sarzynski's cell was due to be checked every 15 minutes by officers.

It is believed that his wounds were self-inflicted and he bled to death. His wife Aleksandra (31) died at an apartment in Co Meath last August.

Last week, the Polish-born man jumped from the second-floor window of a court room and broke his hip in the fall.

He was in the court for civil proceedings against him, which were unrelated to the death of his wife.

Officers immediately rushed to Mr Sarzynski's assistance and he was taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.

It is understood that he received surgery on his hip. At the time of the Navan courthouse incident, Mr Sarzynski was heard screaming in agony.

A source said: "He jumped from around 25 feet. It was the second floor of the building.

Mr Sarzynski had been arrested and charged with murder following the death of his wife Aleksandra.

His wife, who was 31, was found dead at Bective House apartments in Beaufort Place in Navan on August 30 last. Her husband appeared before Trim District Court last September, charged with murder.

A spokesperson for the Prison Service confirmed an investigation had begun following the death of the prisoner at Cloverhill.

The Inspector of Prisons and the Prison Service will both carry out separate investigations.

The Inspector of Prisons will give a report on the death to the Minister for Justice.

Irish Independent

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