Longford murder trial hears concerns of revenge attack

The partner of a man accused of murdering an alleged drug-dealer feared friends of the deceased would come for revenge after the fatal stabbing, a trial heard this morning.

Inita Rozkalne told defence counsel John Shortt that somebody had tried to run her over in a car and that she didn’t know what these people would do.

 

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Rozkalne was on her second day of evidence in the trial of her partner and father of one of her children, Rihards Lavickis.

Lavickis, 25, has pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to the manslaughter of Akadiusz Czajkowski, 31, at Rue Noyal Chatillon, Townspark, Longford town, on November 1, 2016.

His plea was not accepted and he is on trial at the Central Criminal Court.

After the stabbing, Rozkalne said she was ‘afraid that there might be friends from Arek’s side coming over’.

She said she had seen Czajkowski and one of his friends beat up Lavickis about six or seven months before the stabbing and, if they could do that, she said, “I don’t know what they can do”.

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Months before the stabbing, she said Czajkowski called to their apartment looking for money that Lavickis owed to the deceased for cannabis.

Lavickis went outside and four or five minutes later she heard a call for help.

When she opened the door, she saw Czajkowski hitting her partner with a knuckle-duster over his fist. Another man was kicking Lavickis.

Following that, the windows of their apartment were broken about four times, the final time coming on Halloween 2016, the night before the stabbing.

The trial continues tomorrow.