Murder accused said he was so drunk he couldn't remember what he had done
A murder accused told gardai that he was drinking so much he could not remember what he did on the day his friend was beaten to death.
Dariusz Weckowicz has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Bogdan Michalkiewicz (41) on May 13, 2013 at the deceased man's home in Westside Apartments, Letterkenny, Co Donegal.
His co-accused Krzystof Grzegorski (22), has pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to manslaughter. The State did not accept his plea.
Sergeant Shaun Barrett agreed with prosecuting counsel Alex Owens SC that he interviewed Mr Weckowicz with a Polish translator at Letterkenny Garda Station on June 17, 2013.
During that interview he said Mr Weckowicz was asked what he did and where he was on the day Bogdan died. Mr Weckowicz said he was drunk and had only "flashbacks" of the day.
Sgt Barrett said he told Mr Weckowicz that CCTV footage showed him in the area of the Riverside apartments with Krzystof Grzegorski at 11.25am on the day Bogdan was killed. It was put to him that he is next seen leaving the area five hours and ten minutes later, again with Mr Grzegorski.
Gardai asked him why he was there and he told them he was surprised to see that he was there at that time. "I can't say, I don't know," he told them. "You know more than me."
He told gardai he could understand why they would want to know but said "I can't help you".
Gardai asked him if he could have been in Bogdan's apartment and he said "I don't know". He said he was "drinking heavily" and could not remember.
Gardai told him they found blood on the clothes he was wearing that day and that this showed that he was in Bogdan's flat when Bogdan was killed. He said he did not know where the blood came from and had not noticed it on his clothes before he gave them to gardai.
Gardai told him that if he was there when Bogdan was killed he was either the killer or a witness. They told him that Bogdan was "viciously attacked" and that if he was there he would remember.
Mr Weckowicz said: "If anyone done that in my presence I would try to stop it because he was my friend."
He added: "If that is what happened I should remember something, but I don't."
Detective Garda Thomas Kilcoyne interviewed Mr Weckowicz later that evening at Letterkenny Garda Station. He agreed with Mr Owens that Mr Weckowicz described Bogdan as a "good friend" and a "kind man" and said: "I was not there, I know nothing about it. If I knew I would tell you everything."
He said he did not have to clear his conscience because he did not know what happened. Garda Kilcoyne agreed that Mr Weckowicz was asked if he had killed Bogdan and he replied "no I did not. I have never killed anyone in my life."
He was then told: "Either you killed him or you know who did," but he said he could not remember where he was or what happened on that day.
The trial continues in front of Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury of eight men and four women on Monday.