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Murder trial witness says he escaped accused by kicking him in chest minutes before knife attack

Andrzej Wawrzyniak
Andrzej Wawrzyniak

A witness at a murder trial said that he kicked the accused man in the chest and left him unconscious minutes before the knife attack that left one man dead.

Filip Talaj said the accused, Andrzej Wawrzyniak, attacked him with a knife and cut him several times.

Under cross examination, Mr Talaj told defence Counsel Michael Bowman SC that he escaped his attacker after kicking him in the chest.

"I think he went unconscious," he said. "And I found a dark place to hide."

Mr Talaj said that from his hiding place he could hear Mr Wawrzyniak looking for him.

The prosecution alleges that during this time, Mr Wawrzyniak used a knife to murder another man who was sleeping in the makeshift squat that had been occupied by a group of five Polish people.

Andrzej Wawrzyniak (38), with no fixed address, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Jacek Kozakiewicz (44), at the 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 at the same place on the same date.

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