01 Oct 2022

Drug dealer wanted to teach deceased a lesson

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

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 drug dealer who admits stabbing a man to death following a number of rows over a e300 debt told gardai he wanted to teach the deceased a lesson, his murder trial 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. His plea was not accepted by the State and he is on trial at the Central Criminal Court.

Detective Garda Joe Esler told prosecuting counsel Patrick McGrath SC that he interviewed the accused at Longford Garda Station on November 1 and 2 2016.

During those interviews Mr Lavickis told gardai that he had owed Mr Czajkowski e300 and that the deceased came looking for the money and beat him with a set of knuckle dusters outside his home.

There were further incidents and on November 1 2016 Mr Lavickis awoke to see the front window of the home he shared with his partner and children had been smashed.

He took a knife and went searching for Mr Czajkowski. He told gardaí that he wanted to, "teach him a lesson not to go near me and my family."

The accused also told gardai that he sold drugs for a local dealer, for which he received €50 per day.

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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