Blood found on celling in room where man was allegedly beaten to death

Bogdan Michalkiewicz
Bogdan Michalkiewicz

There was blood on the ceiling in the room where a man was allegedly beaten to death in his own home, a murder trial has heard.

Detective Garda Shane Curran of the Garda Technical Bureau said he called to an apartment at Westside, Letterkenny, Co Donegal on May 15 2013 after the body of 41-year-old Bogdan Michalkiewicz had been found.

Krzystof Grzegorski (22), and Dariusz Weckowicz (51), who were both living in Letterkenny at the time, are charged with Bogdan's murder on May 13, 2013. Mr Weckowicz pleaded not guilty. Mr

Grzegorski pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to manslaughter. The plea was not accepted by the State.

Describing the scene to prosecuting counsel Alex Owens SC Det Gda Curran said there was evidence of forced entry through the front door and extensive blood spatter stains in the living room and kitchen area.

In the living room he saw the body of an adult male lying on his back with injuries to his chest, neck, head and face.

A broken old television set with blood stains on it was lying on the ground near the dead body and there were shards of glass around the room from a mirror that had previously hung on the wall.

Pointing to a photograph of the scene, he told Mr Owens that this showed blood spatter patterns on the ceiling above where an armchair had once been placed but was overturned.

He said he collected a number of items as evidence, including a leg of a coffee table that had blood and hair on one end, two pillows with bloody footprints on them and two pieces of the broken mirror that he found on the upper body of the deceased.

He also told Mr Owens that the dead man's tracksuit bottoms had been lowered to below his knees and his t-shirt was pulled up to his chin.

There were "obvious" stab wounds to Bogdan's chest and abdomen and there was "heavy damage" to his face, he said.

He found three knives, two of which appeared to be stained with blood. Bloody footprints that were found on the lino in the kitchen area were also cut out for further examination.

The other rooms in the house were clean and tidy.

The trial continues before Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury of eight men and four women tomorrow.