A homeless Polish man who was stabbed to death in an abandoned pub was left paralyzed when his attacker cut his spinal cord, a murder trial 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 at the same place on the same date.
State Pathologist Professor Marie Cassidy told prosecuting counsel Dominic McGinn SC that she identified 20 stab wounds to the head and neck of the dead man. One of these had cut his spinal cord and would have left him paralyzed on the left side and unable to feel anything on his right side. Two of the main blood vessels in his neck were also severed, causing him to bleed to death. In total she noted 23 stab wounds, most of them to the head and neck.
Mr Wawrzyniak and the dead man were living in a makeshift squat at the site of the former Vallance & McGrath pub on Dublin’s North Wall. Three other people lived there at the time and the court today heard from one of those, Filip Talaj.