Longford murder-accused admits seeking revenge

A drug-dealer, who stabbed a man to death in broad daylight outside a shopping centre in Longford town, told gardaí that he went out with a knife that day to ‘get him’ for threatening his family and breaking their windows.

The jury in his murder trial was hearing the memos of his interviews being read to the Central Criminal Court this morning.

 

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Rihards Lavickis, with an address at Annaly court, Longford town, is charged with the murder of Polish father-of-two Akadiusz ‘Arik’ Czajkowski on November 1, 2016, at Rue Noyal Chatillon, Townspark, in the town.

The 26-year-old father-of-one stabbed the 31-year-old to death outside Longford Shopping Centre shortly after 11.30am that day.

He has pleaded not guilty to murder, but guilty to manslaughter.

The court has already heard that the accused had come downstairs that morning to find his living room window broken; it had happened a number of times before.

His neighbour had described the people who had done it, and the accused said he knew that it was the deceased, to whom he owed money. The gardaí began an investigation.

Detective Garda Joseph Esler told senior counsel Patrick McGrath, prosecuting, that he and a colleague had interviewed the accused about what he did after the gardaí left his home that morning.

He said he took the knife because he had never known the deceased to have a fair fight.

He said he saw the deceased and stood into an alley so that he couldn’t see him.

He recalled then running after the deceased as he crossed the road and stabbed him twice in the stomach.

Mr Lavickis said he then turned around and started walking back to his apartment.

The trial continues before Mr Justice Michael White and a jury of eight men and four women.