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Polish man stabbed compatriot to death in abandoned Dublin pub

Andrzej Wawrzyniak
Andrzej Wawrzyniak

A Polish man who stabbed a fellow countryman to death in the abandoned pub where they lived will be sentenced next month at the Central Criminal Court.

Andrzej Wawrzyniak, (38), with no fixed address, was found not guilty of the murder but guilty of the manslaughter of 44-year-old Jacek Kozakiewicz at the former Vallance & McGrath pub on Dublin's North Wall Quay on February 26, 2014. 

Wawrzyniak pleaded guilty to a second charge of assault causing harm to Filip Talaj, another occupant of the squat.

At today's sentence hearing, Sergeant John Grady, of Store Street garda station, summarized the facts of the case. 

At the time of the killing, the court heard, both the convicted man and the deceased, as well as two others, were living in the abandoned pub, where the consumption of alcohol was a significant and daily feature.

The sergeant said that on the night of the killing, a Luas driver at the Point Depot stop became alarmed when he saw blood on Wawrzyniak's hands so he tried to prevent him getting on board the tram. 

Wawrzyniak told the driver he had killed a man and asked him to call gardai.

He then led gardai to the squat, the sergeant said, where they found three people. One of them, Mr Talaj, appeared injured and he told the gardai that Wawrzyniak had attacked him with a knife.

Another couple were asleep in the darkness.

The court heard that Jacek's body was found lying on the floor of a makeshift kitchen with more than twenty stab wounds, most of which were to the neck and face. 

The sergeant told the court that during interviews Wawrzyniak said that Jacek had grabbed his throat and punched him in the face. They were grappling on the floor when he saw a knife, grabbed it and stabbed Jacek, he told the gardai, the court heard. 

Wawrzyniak has two previous convictions, from 2014, for Public Order offences.

A victim impact statement, written by the deceased man's mother, who could not travel to Ireland to attend the hearing, was read to the court by prosecuting counsel Sean Gillane SC.  

"My heart is bleeding," she wrote, "broken into a thousand little pieces."

"I raised Jacek myself. I sacrificed my youth for him and his brother." 

"I am still having nightmares."

"I suffer from depression. Life has lost its meaning. I do not feel like going out to see other people and I am in constant pain."

Sergeant Grady told Micheal Bowman SC, defending, that the squat was described as "Jacek's place" and that he was the "boss". 

The court heard that there was a set of rules in place whereby the deceased preferred people not go out during the daylight hours.

Mr Bowman said that his client came to Ireland in 2013, after having lived and worked in the UK for over 12 years.

Mr Justice Robert Eagar adjourned sentencing for both offences until November 1st.

Daniel Hickey