Longford murder trial hears sister-in-law of accused thought familys life was in danger

The sister-in-law of a man accused of murder in Longford thought her family’s lives were in danger due to their windows constantly being smashed before the accused killed the man he blamed for the damage.

Sanita Rozkalna was giving evidence yesterday on the third day of Rihards Lavickis’ murder trial at the Central Criminal Court.

The 26-year-old originally from Latvia, but with an address at Annaly court, Longford is charged with the murder of Polish father-of-two Akadiusz ‘Arik’ Czajkowski on 1st November 2016 at Rue Noyal Chatillon, Townspark in the town.

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He stabbed the 31-year-old outside Longford Shopping Centre in broad daylight. The father-of-one has pleaded not (NOT) guilty to murder, but guilty to manslaughter. Both men were known to the gardai and had convictions.

Sanita Rozkalna told Patrick McGrath SC, prosecuting, that she, her young daughter and her mother had shared an apartment with her sister, her two children and the accused.

She said that their windows had been smashed about five times by the day of the killing, the last being in the early hours of that morning.

The trial has already heard that the accused blamed the window breaking on the deceased, to whom he’d owed a drug debt.

John Shortt SC, defending, asked her how the windows being broken had made her feel regarding the safety of her daughter and herself to which she replied that she was still scared.

She agreed with Mr Shortt that the deceased had set their bins on fire at one stage, leaving their apartment and two others without electricity for four or five days.

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