Monday 24 September 2018

Killer gang wanted children 'to witness' father's murder - wife of machete murder victim tells priest

Gardai renew appeal for taxi and hackney drivers operating in the area to come forward

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GARDAI have appealed to taxi drivers operating in the general area in Co Cork where Mikolaj Wilk, also known as Nick, was murdered.

The horror machete attack took place at the Wilk's home at The Bridge House in Maglin, Ballincollig last Sunday, June 10.

While a number of people have come forward already, gardai are continuing to appeal to hackey and taxi drivers who were operating in the Maglin, Ballincollig, Ballinora and Waterfall areas on the night of the incident.

A driver who picked up three women at a pub in the Wilton area is of particular interest. The women booked the ride through a taxi app and the driver dropped two of the women on the way to the final destination of Waterfall.

Meanwhile, the wife of murder victim Mikolaj Wilk believes his killer wanted their children "to witness" the attack, according to a local priest.

Local Polish cleric Reverend Piotr Galus said Elzbieta Wilk told him how she tried to protect their children while her husband was killed.

"They wanted the children to witness the killing," Fr. Galus told the Sunday World.

"She tried to protect them and hide them from the gang, but she heard them say they wanted to bring the children in to witness the killing."

Fr. Galus claimed that Elzbieta told him she was "beaten on the face and head" as she tried to protect her six-year-old son and five-year-old daughter. 

He said: "She was struck with a weapon causing a very deep cut on her hand."

Mikolaj Wilk was killed with multiple stab wounds during the attack when a gang burst into their home last Sunday morning, while his wife suffered serious injuries to her hands and fingers.

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Gardai at the house in Maglin in Ballincollig Cork where Mikolaj Wilk (inset) and his partner were attacked Pic Steve Humphreys

Tendons in Elzbieta's arm were seriously damaged, but Fr. Galus says she is recovering well following surgery on her arm and hand.

"Elzbieta had surgery to reconnect the nerves in her hand and thankfully the doctors say it is likely she will make a full recovery.

"Obviously she is very shaken, but her friends and family are doing their best to distract her from what happened."

Fr. Galus said Elzbieta was "very brave" and explained that Mikolaj will be returned to Poland for burial once gardai release his remains.

Witnesses, or anyone who can assist with the investigation, are asked to contact Gurranabraher Garda Station on 021- 4946200, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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