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"not terribly happy" Husband strangled wife after she had sex with another man, court is told


Rafal Karaczyn who was charged in connection with the discovery of the body of Natalia Karaczyn

Rafal Karaczyn who was charged in connection with the discovery of the body of Natalia Karaczyn

Rafal Karaczyn who was charged in connection with the discovery of the body of Natalia Karaczyn

A DAD-of-three strangled his wife when she arrived home in the early hours after having sex with another man, the Central Criminal Court has heard.

Opening the trial of Rafal Karaczyn, Conor Devally SC, for the Director of Public Prosecutions, said the accused man's marriage to Natalia Karaczyn was "not terribly happy", but they stayed together for their children.


Ms Karaczyn was "anxious to move on" from the marriage, Mr Devally said, and on the Saturday night before her death she went out with friends and went to another man's house where she had consensual sex.

When she returned home at around 6am, her husband "intruded" into her bedroom, counsel said.

A row broke out and Mr Karaczyn strangled his wife.

The accused (35), of Crozon Park, Sligo, has pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to the manslaughter of his 30-year-old wife at their home in Crozon Park between April 29 and May 1, 2018.

Brendan Grehan SC, for Mr Karaczyn, said his client accepted he unlawfully killed his wife by strangling and that he alone was responsible.

The accused also admits he lied to his wife's sister and to gardaí about what had happened.

The issue to be decided by the jury, Mr Grehan said, will relate to the mental state of the accused at the time.

Mr Devally told the jury of eight women and four men that the Karaczyns moved from Poland to Sligo and in 2018 lived at Crozon Park with their three children.

The evidence, counsel said, "will make clear that the marriage was not terribly happy".

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Natalia Karaczyn

Natalia Karaczyn

Natalia Karaczyn

It was "functional", and for the sake of their children they continued to live together, sleeping in separate rooms.

They planned to move into separate homes but, Mr Devally said, had different views as to how that would happen.

Ms Karaczyn was the more anxious to move on and enjoyed a separate social life from her husband.

She had a number of friends and would socialise at weekends, sometimes arriving home late.

"That may have been a cause of tension," Mr Devally said.

On the Saturday night before she died, Ms Karaczyn went out with friends to various pubs in Sligo, where she met a young man and "quickly formed an attraction".

She went to his house and had consensual sex before getting a taxi home at about 6am.

Mr Devally said that later that morning the accused made "bogus" calls and sent texts to his wife's sister, saying she had not come home.

There was panic, counsel said, as Ms Karaczyn's family and friends contacted hospitals and friends "far and wide" to find out where she was.

Having checked CCTV, gardaí arrested Mr Karaczyn and, after some time, he told them a "story" that he had no part in her death but had discovered her body and, in a panic, had moved her.


He told gardaí where she could be found close to a roadway not far from Sligo.

Mr Devally told the jury they will learn that Mr Karaczyn "maintained he was guiltless" for her death and said someone else had "intruded" into the house.

He eventually relented, Mr Devally said, and told his sister-in-law what had happened - that his wife was in her bedroom when a row erupted and he strangled her.

The trial continues in front of the jury and Ms Justice Eileen Creedon.

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