Wednesday 26 September 2018

Gardaí search for motive in frenzied fatal machete attack on 'hardworking' gardener in family home

  • Mikolaj Wilk (35) victim of gruesome machete attack in his home
  • Wife Elzbieta recovering from non life-threatening injuries in hospital
  • Gardaí puzzled as to how Mikolaj, described locally as 'hard-working' and a 'quiet man', could be victim of gruesome machete attack
  • Seasoned gardaí describe murder as 'one of the worst scenes' they have come across
  • Gardaí launch murder investigation, begin manhunt
  • Car found burnt out nearby shortly afterwards
  • Community 'shocked' by the violence
Elzbieta and Mikołaj Wilk
Elzbieta and Mikołaj Wilk
Gardai at the house in Maglin, Ballincollig, where Mikolaj Wilk was killed and his partner Elzbieta seriously injured
Gardai at the house in Maglin in Ballincollig Cork where Mikolaj Wilk (inset) and his partner were attacked Pic Steve Humphreys
Garda Supt. Colm O’Sullivan (left) pictured alongside Garda Inspector Gary McPolin while speaking to media at a press briefing at the scene of the murder at Maglin, Balincollig Co Cork. Pic Steve Humphreys
Garda Supt. Colm O’Sullivan (Centre) pictured alongside Garda Inspector Gary McPolin (right) speaking to gardai at the scene of the murder at Maglin, Balincollig Co Cork. Pic Steve Humphreys
Garda Supt. Colm O’Sullivan speaking to media at a press briefing at the scene of the murder at Maglin, Balincollig Co Cork. Pic Steve Humphreys
Gardai at the house in Maglin in Ballincollig Cork where a man and his partner were attacked resulting in the man's Pic Steve Humphreys
Gardai at the house in Maglin in Ballincollig Cork where a man and his partner were attacked resulting in the man's death. Pic Steve Humphreys
Gardai at the house in Maglin in Ballincollig Cork where a man and his partner were attacked resulting in the mans death. Pic Steve Humphreys

Sean Nolan, Amy Molloy and Ryan Nugent

A woman is recovering in hospital after she desperately tried in vain to protect her husband in a frenzied machete attack which their young children witnessed.

Mikolaj Wilk, 35 and originally from Poland, lived with his partner at The Bridge House, Maglin, Ballincollig, Co Cork.

Mr Wilk (35), also known as Nick, sustained fatal injuries when he was assaulted by up to four men who entered his home in the quiet area of Maglin, Ballincollig in Cork just after 3am on Sunday morning.

He died later in hospital. Mr Wilk was originally from Poland but had been living in Ireland for several years. He worked in garden maintenance.

Gardaí are puzzled as to how a quiet man, described locally as "hard-working", could be the victim of what seasoned gardaí described as "one of the worst scenes" they had ever come across.

His partner Elzbieta, in her early 30s and also from Poland, sustained non-life threatening injuries in the attack. It is understood she lost at least one finger as she struggled to save her husband.

The attack lasted just under 10 minutes . It is understood their children witnessed the attack but they were not injured.

A third adult in the house managed to escape through a window.

Gardai at the house in Maglin, Ballincollig, where Mikolaj Wilk was killed and his partner Elzbieta seriously injured
Gardai at the house in Maglin, Ballincollig, where Mikolaj Wilk was killed and his partner Elzbieta seriously injured

Gardaí, backed up by specialist units, have now launched a murder investigation and are seeking a motive for the murder.

The Assistant State Pathologist will this morning carry out a post-mortem on Mr Wilk.

Garda Supt. Colm O'Sullivan speaking to media at a press briefing at the scene at Maglin, Balincollig Co Cork. Pic Steve Humphreys
Garda Supt. Colm O'Sullivan speaking to media at a press briefing at the scene at Maglin, Balincollig Co Cork. Pic Steve Humphreys

Mr Wilk was not known to be involved in any form of serious crime.

Local councillor for Ballincollig-Carrigaline Derry Canty said the people of Cork are "shocked" by the violence.

Garda Supt. Colm O’Sullivan (left) pictured alongside Garda Inspector Gary McPolin while speaking to media at a press briefing at the scene of the murder at Maglin, Balincollig Co Cork.
Pic Steve Humphreys
Garda Supt. Colm O’Sullivan (left) pictured alongside Garda Inspector Gary McPolin while speaking to media at a press briefing at the scene of the murder at Maglin, Balincollig Co Cork. Pic Steve Humphreys

Speaking to RTE Radio One's Today with Sean O'Rourke, Cllr Canty said everyone has a good word to say about Mr Wilk.

"When the news first broke, we thought it was an aggravated burglary and people thought 'not again',

Garda Supt. Colm O’Sullivan (Centre) pictured alongside Garda Inspector Gary McPolin (right) speaking to gardai at the scene of the murder at Maglin, Balincollig Co Cork.
Pic Steve Humphreys
Garda Supt. Colm O’Sullivan (Centre) pictured alongside Garda Inspector Gary McPolin (right) speaking to gardai at the scene of the murder at Maglin, Balincollig Co Cork. Pic Steve Humphreys

"When news broke that the man had died and the woman was in a serious condition, then everyone stood up and noticed.

"We thought what's happening in Ireland, and what's happening in Cork, in this rural area... this man had his own business, a gardening business, he was self-employed, he got married seven years ago and they moved to Ballincollig.

Gardai at the house in Maglin in Ballincollig Cork where a man and his partner were attacked resulting in the man's
Pic Steve Humphreys
Gardai at the house in Maglin in Ballincollig Cork where a man and his partner were attacked resulting in the man's Pic Steve Humphreys

"You can imagine being inside your bed at 3am in the middle of the night and a gang come into your house waving machetes," he continued.

"The people of Ballincollig are just in total shock. Anywhere you go, house to house, shop to shop, everyone's talking about it, just how disgusted they are.

"[People are saying] he was a very private man, he had his customer base built up.

"He was just an ordinary, happy-go-lucky guy, a married man with his two children, working away."

Attack

Gardaí responded to the incident at 3.17am at the home and were there within five minutes.

On arrival, Gardaí found Mr. Wilk seriously injured. They gave him medical attention while awaiting the arrival of the paramedics.

Mr. Wilk was removed to the Cork University Hospital, where, unfortunately, despite the best efforts of the medical teams at the hospital, he lost his life.

At approximately, 4.20am, Cork County Fire Service, responded to a car on fire at Iniskenny, Ballinora, Waterfall.

This car was found 6 km from the incident at Mr Wilk's home.

Gardai believe this car to be a BMW 3 series.

Both scenes are currently being preserved and undergoing forensic examinations.

Investigating Gardaí are appealing to anyone with information or to anyone who may have witnessed this incident to contact the Gardaí.

Gardai are particularly anxious to speak to any drivers who may have dash cam footage and travelled in the following areas, Maglin, Ballincollig, Ballinora and Waterfall areas between 2am and 5am Sunday morning.

They have also appealed for anyone who saw any suspicious or unusual activities in these areas within the last three days to come forward.

The incident room is based at Gurranabraher Garda Station 021- 4946200, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station. Speaking to the media, Superintendent Colm O'Sullivan from Anglesea Street Garda Station said they are hoping witnesses will come forward.

"This man has left his family, his partner, his family, the Polish community as well as the wider community behind.

"We are appealing to the public for any information they may have, people may have been returning home from a night out or going out to work.

"This is a busy road, a busy junction," he continued, "some people may have seen something."

Gardaí ask anyone with information to contact the murder investigation headquarters at Gurranabraher Garda Station on 021 4946200 or the confidential line (1800 666111).

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