A MAN WHO had blood on his hands when he confessed to stabbing a man to death has been jailed today for six years.
Andrzej Wawrzyniak (38) stabbed 44-year-old Jacek Kozakiewicz 22 times during a drunken row inside a squat both men were sharing in Dublin.
Wawrzyniak, a Polish man of no fixed abode, had originally been charged with murder but was convicted of Kozakiewicz’s manslaughter following a trial earlier this year.
He had pleaded not guilty to murdering Kozakiewicz at the former Vallance and McGrath pub on Dublin’s North Wall Quay on 26 February 2014.
At a sentencing hearing today at the Central Criminal Court, Mr Justice Robert Eagar said the accused and the deceased, who was also Polish, had been living in an abandoned public house along with other Polish nationals.
Mr Justice Eagar said life in the squat had “revolved around drinking”.
On the date in question, an argument broke out between the accused and the deceased, during which Kozakiewicz suffered 22 stab wounds – six of which were to his neck.
Sentencing Wawrzyniak to six years’ imprisonment, with one year suspended, Mr Justice Eagar said that the normal sentence for such a violent killing would be nine years.
However, the judge said the fact the accused had asked the Luas driver to call gardaí and that he had later impressed prison authorities with his willingness to help other inmates were both mitigating factors in this case.
Wawryzniak was also jailed for three-and-half years after he admitted to assaulting Filip Talaj inside the squat on the same date.
Both sentences will run concurrently.