Pair quizzed in fatal stabbing of man (21)
A COUPLE were being questioned last night in connection with the death of a 21-year-old man who was stabbed in the heart in the kitchen of his home.
The two suspects were arrested by detectives in Newbridge, Co Kildare yesterday morning and held for questioning under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act. They can be held without charge for 24 hours.
The arrests followed initial inquiries by gardai into the violent death of Krystian Morawski, who has been living in Ireland with his family for the past three years.
The body was found in the upstairs kitchen of an apartment in a two-storey house at Moorefield Park estate in Newbridge around 5.30am on Monday.
Gardai arrested a 46-year-old man and a 40-year-old woman shortly after 9.30am yesterday and they were taken for questioning to Newbridge and Kildare stations respectively, on suspicion of being involved in an assault causing harm.
Their period of detention was extended late last night until today.
Officers recovered a kitchen knife, which they believe was used in the incident. It was later examined by experts from the Garda Technical Bureau.
Tests were also carried out on a number of items belonging to the dead man that had been recovered from a grass patch beside the end-of-terrace house.
It appeared that the items had been thrown from an upstairs window.
Mr Morawski had been living in one of three apartments in the house along with his mother, stepfather and five-year-old brother.
A post mortem examination, carried out at Naas General Hospital by state pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy, confirmed that he died from a single stab wound to the heart.
Apart from a technical examination of the scene, detectives have also been carrying out door-to-door inquiries in the sprawling estate after some neighbours reported that they had heard an argument and "a lot of noise up and down the road" about an hour before the emergency services were alerted and the dead man's body was found.
Mr Morawski, who was a keen Manchester United fan, was well known in the estate, where he regularly played football with his little brother and brought him each day to and from his playschool, Little Lily Whites.
Childcare professionals have been drafted in to help the young boy, who was in the apartment at the time of the incident.
Forensic experts have also examined a car, which had been parked on the roadway, and other items including a beer can that was taken from a neighbouring garden.