Friday 20 April 2018

Lament for slain kids: they were angels says teacher

Kinga Rzeszowski, aged six, one of six people killed in Jersey over the weekend. Photo: PA
Kinga Rzeszowski, aged six, one of six people killed in Jersey over the weekend. Photo: PA
Flowers left at the scene in St Helier, Jersey, where six people were killed over the weekend. Photo: PA

Jennifer Cockerell, Press Association

The teacher of one of the children believed to have been killed after their father went on a knife rampage on Jersey described them as "little angels" today.

Dominika Nalichowska said six-year-old Kinga Rzeszowski and her brother Kasper, two, were "beautiful" children with blue eyes and blonde hair.

Their father, named locally as Damian Rzeszowski, 30, is also believed to have stabbed his wife Izabela Rzeszowski, 30, to death along with her father, known only as Marek, her friend Marta de la Haye, 34, and her own five-year-old daughter Julia. He then turned the knife on himself.

He has been arrested and remains under police guard at Jersey General Hospital as police wait to question him over Sunday's attacks in the capital of St Helier.

Miss Nalichowska, 29, who taught Kinga at her Saturday Polish school, said her friend Mrs Rzeszowski had confided in her that they were having problems with their marriage and that Rzeszowski had taken an overdose of pills less than a month ago after suffering from depression.

She said: "He was a very calm and quiet person so I don't know if it was because everything was bottled up inside him.

"I don't know what happened to cause such a sudden outburst."

She said the family had only returned from a trip to visit family in Poland on Saturday or Sunday and suggested the stress of travelling coupled with the depression could have contributed.

Describing Rzeszowski, she said: "He was a very peaceful man, we've never seen him lose his temper so it's hard to believe what made him turn in that way."

She said his wife was a "beautiful young woman, slender, tall, she was very attractive.

"She was very nice to talk to as well, very easygoing.

"Both of them loved each other, they'd been together for about 10 years, but they had been having problems lately, as every couple does."

Miss Nalichowska said Kinga had turned six in November, adding: "I think she was a bit quiet but the children loved her anyway.

"Kasper was a little bit younger, he was small, I think they both took after her (their mother).

"They were like little angels with their blue eyes and blonde hair."

Miss Nalichowska said she believed the family had lived on the island for around six years and added that her boyfriend Kordian Berkolec, 47, a natural healer, had offered to give the couple therapy for free as they were friends but they had not got round to doing it, although he had seen Mrs Rzeszowski on her own.

Police are still working to establish a motive for the murders, which have rocked the island community.

Earlier the results of the first post-mortem examination were disclosed, which found that one of the two women had died of multiple stab wounds.

Post-mortem tests on the other victims will be carried out by a Home Office pathologist over the next few days.

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