Longford murder case sees footage of run-up to stabbing

A jury in a Longford murder trial has been shown footage of the accused chasing the deceased while grasping a knife moments before he stabbed him to death.

The jury was watching the CCTV footage this morning on the fourth day of the drug dealer’s murder trial at the Central Criminal Court.

It did not show the actual stabbing.

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Rihards Lavickis, 26, originally from Latvia, but 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 father-of-one stabbed the 31-year-old to death outside Longford Shopping Centre in broad daylight.

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

Detective Sergeant Eric Godfrey talked the court and jury through the footage.

He told senior counsel Patrick McGrath, prosecuting, that it showed Mr Lavickis running across the street and coming after the deceased with his right arm raised.

He agreed with Mr McGrath that the accused appeared to have ‘an implement believed to be a knife grasped in his right fist and facing in a downward direction’.

He also agreed that he then ‘raised his arm upwards at the back in an arced-type movement, with the blade now facing outwards chasing after the deceased’.

Both men then moved out of shot, but their shadows remained for a short time.

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