Single stab wound to the heart caused death of Longford father of two

Longford Murder Trial: Day 5 - Morning

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Single stab wound to the heart caused death of Longford father of two

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 father of two died when a wound inflicted with a 7.5cm blade pierced his heart, State Pathologist Professor Marie Cassidy told a murder trial at the Central Criminal Court today (Thursday, February 15).


Professor Cassidy told prosecuting counsel Patrick McGrath SC that she found three stab wounds in total when she examined the body of Akadiusz 'Arek' Czajkowski who died after being stabbed at Rue Noyal Chatillon in Longford on November 1, 2016.

One was a defensive type injury to the left ring finger and another a superficial injury to the arm. The wound that caused death was a stab wound to the chest that went through the rib cage into the pericardial sac and ended in the left ventricle of the heart.


A toxicology report also showed that the deceased had consumed valium, amphetamines and alcohol. Professor Cassidy said it is difficult to say what effect this combination would have had on the deceased's behaviour.


Professor Cassidy said the knife used, a brown-handled folding knife, looked to have a blade of about 7.5cm.


Rihards Lavickis (25) has pleaded not  guilty to murder but guilty to the manslaughter of Mr Czajkowski (31). His plea was not accepted and he is on trial at the Central Criminal Court 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

Day 3, Tuesday, February 13 (morning):

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

Day 3, Tuesday, February 13 (afternoon):

Accused had blood on his trousers when he informed partner he stuck knife in victim's 'belly'

Day 4, Wednesday, February 14 (morning):

Partner of accused in Longford murder trial feared revenge

Day 4, Wednesday, February 14 (Afternoon):

Longford murder accused owed deceased money for cannabis he received 'on tick'