Murder accused said he was terrified when he stabbed and killed his housemate

Andrzej Wawrzyniak
Andrzej Wawrzyniak

A murder accused told gardai he was "terrified" when he stabbed and killed his housemate during a fight, the Central Criminal Court heard today.

Andrzej Wawrzyniak (38), with no fixed address, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Jacek Kozakiewicz (44), at a derelict pub on Dublin's North Wall Quay on February 26, 2014.

Mr Wawrzyniak pleaded guilty to a second count of assault causing harm to Filip Talaj (31), at the same place on the same date.

Detective Garda Sheila Sheehan today told prosecuting counsel John Quirke BL that she interviewed Mr Wawrzyniak at Store Street Garda Station on February 27, 2014.

She agreed that Mr Wawrzyniak told her that a fight broke out with Jacek but he didn't know what it was about. He described Jacek as aggressive and said he would become abusive when drunk.

He said Jacek's favourite thing to say when he was drunk was "I am going to fucking kill you" and that he told him "If I had a machine gun I would kill you."

He said he knew Jacek had been in the army and that he was a strong, powerful man.

He said he had fought in the Baltic war and would talk about war and killing when drunk. On a few occasions, Mr Wawrzyniak said Jacek hit him.

He also saw Jacek bully and hit one of the other men living in the squat, Filip Talaj.

On the night, he said they had been drinking heavily when "suddenly" Jacek grabbed him by the neck and hit him in the face. As they struggled, he said Jacek told him: "I am going to fucking kill you."

He told gardai that if he had not stabbed Jacek, he could have been killed himself. As both men grappled on the floor Mr Wawrzyniak said he spotted a knife and grabbed it.

He struck Jacek in the shoulder and then in the neck.

When asked why he stabbed him more than once he said: "I was terrified so I stabbed him again."

Detective Garda John Paul Moriarty interviewed Mr Wawrzyniak later the same day at Store Street Garda Station. He agreed that the accused told him he stabbed Jacek four times, once in the shoulder and three times in the neck. "I panicked, I was just terrified," he said adding:"When I was fighting it was self defense."

During a third interview Det Gda Sheehan told Mr Wawrzyniak that the post mortem results had arrived and they showed that Jacek was stabbed 22 times and suffered six potentially fatal injuries. The accused man responded: "I thought I stabbed him four times, not 22."

He told his interviewers that he is 36 years of age and had never even killed an animal before. "I am going to have to live with this for the rest of my life," he said. He told gardai that he wished he could turn back time and finished the third interview by saying: "I am sorry for what happened."

The trial continues tomorrow before Justice Robert Eagar and a jury of nine men and three women.