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Saturday, 01 November 2014

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I wasn’t a gang leader, Carlisle murder trial told

A man accused of covering up a murder has denied being a gang leader who earned the nickname “Pitbull”.

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Murdered: Piotr Kulinski, 32, was attacked and stabbed outside his Harraby home in Carlisle

Related: Denies changing evidence to protect Carlisle murder accused

Artur Woszczyna, 44, of Beverley Rise, Harraby, Carlisle, also denied criticising Piotr Zygner and Sylwester Kawalec for not wearing masks in the incident that resulted in the death of Piotr Kulinski.

Zygner, 30, Kawalec, 23, and 26-year old Paulina Mucha, all of Currock Road, Carlisle, are accused of murdering 32-year-old Mr Kulinski.

Woszczyna is accused of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, along with Artur Skoczen, 30, of Ashman Close, Denton Holme. Mr Kulinski, a Cavaghan & Gray worker, lost his life on October 14 last year after being stabbed outside his home on Arnside Road, Harraby.

At Carlisle Crown Court yesterday Woszczyna denied he earned the nickname ‘Pitbull’ because he was top dog in a gang.

Woszczyna, speaking through an interpreter, said: “I know it was something that they used to say about me but I don’t know why. I don’t look like a pit bull.

“I don’t know what you are talking about and I don’t know of a gang – it’s out of the question.”

The court heard that as gang leader, Woszczyna had shouted at Kawalec and Zygner if they acted in a foolish way.

It was also suggested that he had shouted at the pair because they did not wear masks during the incident at Arnside Road.

But Woszczyna said:“I never shouted at them for not wearing a mask.”

The prosecution suggested that following Mr Kulinski’s death, Woszczyna had told Kawalec to delete incriminating text messages from his phone, and also deleted messages from his own phone.

Woszczyna said: “I didn’t tell him anything.

“I don’t know whether he deleted messages or not.

“I always delete my messages – always.”

The trial continues.

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