Longford murder accused told garda he was going to 'sort out' deceased

Longford Murder Trial: Day 3 - Morning

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Longford murder accused told garda he was going to 'sort out' deceased

Rihards Lavickis, Annaly Court, Longford (inset right) has pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to the manslaughter of Akadiusz 'Arek' Czajkowski (inset left) at Rue Noyal Chatillon, Longford.

A murder accused told a garda that the deceased was "always at me" and that he was "going to sort him out" hours before he carried out the fatal stabbing, a trial heard this morning (Tuesday, February 13).

Garda Daniel Lynch told prosecuting counsel Patrick McGrath SC that the accused man, Rihards Lavickis, complained that the deceased, Akadiusz 'Arek' Czajkowski (31), had broken his windows the previous night.

Mr Lavickis told Garda Lynch: "He's always at me and he always wants to fight with me."

When Mr Lavickis told Garda Lynch that he would "sort him out", the garda told him not to sort it out and that gardai would look into the matter of the broken windows.

Mr Lavickis, a 25-year-old Latvian father of one with an address at Annaly Court, Longford has pleaded not  guilty to murder but guilty to the manslaughter of Akadiusz 'Arek' Czajkowski (31) at Rue Noyal Chatillon, Townspark in Longford on November 1, 2016.

Mr Czajkowski was stabbed three times at about 11.45am on the same morning that Garda Lynch spoke with the accused.

The trial continues this afternoon in front of Justice Una Ni Raifeartaigh and a jury of six men and six women.

The trial as it happened:

Day 1, Thursday, February 8 (morning): 

Longford manslaughter plea rejected at Central Criminal Court

Day 1, Thursday, February 8 (afternoon):

Jury sworn in for Longford murder trial

Day 2 Friday, February 10 (morning):

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

Day 2, Friday, February 10 (afternoon):

Longford murder trial hears accused stabbed victim three times