01 Oct 2022

Jury in Longford murder trial inform judge they are 'at an impasse'

Longford Murder Trial: Day 9 - Justice Una Ni Raifeartaigh will give further direction to jurors tomorrow

Jury in Longford murder trial inform judge they are 'at an impasse'

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.

The jury will resume deliberations in a Longford murder trial tomorrow  morning (Wednesday, February 28), despite telling the judge that there seemed to be no point in returning.

They had spent yesterday (Tuesday) deliberating in the trial of a 25-year-old drug dealer, charged with murdering another man more than two years ago.

The foreman had told the judge that the jury had reached an impasse. However, the judge told him that she would give a further direction this morning.

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

The Central Criminal Court has heard that the accused admits stabbing the 31-year-old on November 1, 2016.

Mr Lavickis told his trial that the deceased came looking for repayment of a €300 drug debt and beat him with a knuckle duster several months before the fatal encounter.

He said that Mr Czajkowski and two other men chased him the night before the stabbing, and that he (Mr Lavickis) awoke the following morning to find his front windows had been smashed.

He believed Mr Czajkowski was responsible and went looking for him, armed with a knife, saying he wanted to frighten him. He said he had a "kind of a black out" when he saw the deceased, and lost self control.

The jury has been told that, if provoked, his conviction could be reduced from murder to manslaughter.

Justice Una Ni Raifeartaigh sent the jurors out to consider their verdict yesterday morning (Tuesday). They had spent three hours and 30 minutes deliberating, when they were called back to court to be sent home for the day.

“It’s the opinion of the jury that coming back tomorrow is not going to make any difference. We’re at an impasse,” said the foreman.

“There’s a little more to it than that,” replied the judge, telling them that there was a further direction she could give them in the morning.

She told them to go home and get some rest, not to discuss the case with anyone, and to come back to court in the morning.

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'

Day 5, Thursday, February 15 (morning):

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

Day 5, Friday, February 15 (afternoon):

Father of two had drugs and alcohol in system when he died from stab wound to heart

Day 6, Friday, February 16 (morning):

Drug dealer wanted to teach deceased a lesson

Day 6, Friday, February 16 (afternoon):

Longford murder trial hears drug dealer wanted to teach deceased a lesson

Day 7, Tuesday, February 20 (morning):

Accused tells Longford murder trial he didn't mean to harm deceased

Day 7, Tuesday, February 20 (afternoon):

Longford murder accused tells trial: 'It's not the kind of person I am, to stab anyone'

Day 8, Friday, February 23:

Closing speeches in Longford murder trial: prosecution suggests that killing was deliberate

Day 9, Tuesday, February 27 (morning):

Jury begins deliberating in Longford murder trial

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