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Sunday, 21 September 2014

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Carlisle murder accused didn’t want knife victim to die

A man accused of murder said he did not want a Polish factory worker who was fatally stabbed to die.

Related: Stab victim was carrying knife, Carlisle murder trial told

Sylwester Kawalec, 23, also denied being part of a gang “terrorising people”.

Kawalec, of Currock Road, Currock, Carlisle, is one of three people on trial at the city’s crown court accused of the murder of Piotr Kulinski.

The Cavaghan & Gray worker lost his life after being stabbed outside his home in Arnside Road, Harraby, on October 14 last year.

Kawalec gave evidence for a second day in the trial yesterday .

He has already denied stabbing Mr Kulinski but admitted punching and kicking him.

The court had also previously heard Kawalec’s co-defendant, Piotr Zygner, say he owed money to Mr Kulinski and had decided he, Kawalec and another defendant should visit him to give him cash.

He claimed Mr Kulinski had moved to attack him.

Zygner told the court he had picked up a knife that had fallen to the ground and stabbed Mr Kulinski as he attacked his friend, Kawalec, adding he only wanted Mr Kulinski to leave Kawalec alone.

Kawalec giving evidence in English in a Polish accent, claimed Mr Kulinski had been carrying a knife.

Defence barrister Ian Unsworth QC asked Kawalec: “Did you want Piotr Kulinski to die?”

Kawalec replied: “No.”

Mr Unsworth asked: “How do you feel about him dying?”

Kawalec said: “He shouldn’t die.”

Mr Unsworth said: “Were you part of a gang that was terrorising people?”

Kawalec again replied: “No.”

Kawalec, Zygner and Paulina Mucha, 26, all of Currock Road, Currock, Carlisle, deny murder. Artur Woszczyna, 44, of Beverley Rise, Harraby, Carlisle, and Artur Skoczen, 30, of Ashman Close, Denton Holme, Carlisle, are on trial accused of conspiring to pervert the course of justice. They deny the charges.

The trial has previously heard how Mr Kulinski had got up for work on the day he died. His partner, Katarzyna Plominska, said she looked out the window to see him being attacked by two men.

Earlier Brian Cummings QC told the jury of five men and seven women: “The prosecution allege Mr Kulinski was attacked by two men and we allege these two men were Zygner and Kawalec. We allege that these two men escaped from the scene in a vehicle driven by Paulina Mucha.”

The trial continues.

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