26 May 2022

Longford murder trial hears man was stabbed after dispute over smashed window

Longford Murder Trial: Day 2 - morning

Central Criminal Court

Longford murder trial hears man was stabbed after dispute over smashed window

A Latvian man who admits stabbing a Polish man to death told gardai the deceased had smashed his apartment windows on Halloween night and he was going to "sort this out", a trial at the Central Criminal Court heard today.

Rihards Lavickis (25) of Annaly Court, Longford has pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty  to the manslaughter of Akadiusz Czajkowski (31) at Rue Noyal Chatillon, Townspark in Longford on November 1, 2016.

Opening the trial today Patrick McGrath SC for the prosecution told the jury of six men and six women that there had been a "dispute" and "friction" between the accused and the deceased for some time.

On Halloween night Mr Lavickis was out with friends when Mr Czajkowski pulled up in a silver car and there was an interaction between them.

The accused later went home and went to bed and when he awoke his windows had been smashed. He believed the deceased was responsible. Mr Lavickis spoke to gardai about the broken windows and told them he was going to "sort this out".

Mr McGrath said the accused went to look for Mr Czajkowski and brought a knife. He saw Mr Czajkowski approaching Longford Shopping Centre and concealed himself. As the deceased crossed the road, Mr McGrath said CCTV would show that the accused came out from where he had been concealed and ran at the deceased, his arm lifted with what the prosecution says is a knife in his hand.

Less than a minute later Mr Czajkowski collapsed and died quickly.

When arrested, Mr Lavickis made a number of admissions, Counsel said. He admitted to the stabbing and mentioned the incident the night before. He also identified himself and the accused on CCTV.
The trial continues this afternoon in front of Justice Una Ni Raifeartaigh.

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