01 Oct 2022

Partner of accused in Longford murder trial feared revenge

Longford Murder Trial: Day 4, Wednesday, February 14 - morning

Partner of accused in Longford murder trial feared revenge

Partner of accused in Longford murder trial feared revenge

The partner of a man accused of murdering an alleged drug dealer feared friends of the deceased would come for revenge following the fatal stabbing, a trial heard this morning.

Inita Rozkalne told defence counsel John Shortt SC that somebody had tried to run her over in a car and that she didn't know what these people would do.

Ms Rozkalne was on her second day of evidence in the trial of her partner and father of one of her children, Rihards Lavickis.

Mr Lavickis (25) 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. His plea was not accepted and he is on trial at the Central Criminal Court.

After the stabbing, she said she was "afraid that there might be friends from Arek's side coming over." She said she had seen Mr Czajkowski and one of his friends beat up Mr Lavickis about six or seven months before the stabbing and, if they could do that, she said, "I don't know what they can do."

She added: "They can come with another friend and have a revenge."

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

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