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Man replies 'I'm innocent' when charged over murder of Polish man Michal Kurek

Kurek was stabbed to death last August.

Michal Kurek
Michal Kurek
Image: Garda Press Office

A 29-YEAR-OLD man replied “I’m innocent” when he was charged with the murder of a homeless man whose body was found in north Co Dublin following a stabbing.

The remains of Polish national Michal Kurek (33) who sustained multiple stab wounds, were found by the side of a country road just outside Ballyboughal in north Co Dublin on the morning of 4 August 2017.

He was homeless at the time of his death and had spent time in Dublin city centre and in the west of the city. He was from Dziewin in Poland but had been in Ireland since 2010.

He was formally identified two days after his body was discovered and investigating gardaí had launched an appeal for information.

A 29-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday and detained at Balbriggan Garda station where he was charged last night with murdering Kurek at an unknown location on 3 August.

Sebastian Barczuk (29) was remanded in custody after appearing before Judge Michael Walsh at Dublin District Court this morning.

Garda Ross Rowan told the court Barczuk, who was of no fixed address but also from Poland, was charged just before 11pm with the murder of Michal Kurek contrary to common law.

He said the accused replied, “I’m innocent”.

The district court cannot grant bail in murder cases.

Mr Barczuk, dressed in a black anorak, dark jumper and grey tracksuit bottoms, remained silent during the hearing and listened to the proceedings with the help of an interpreter.

Defence solicitor Brian Coveney said that due to the nature of the charge he could not make a bail application.

Judge Walsh agreed to remand him in custody to appear at Cloverhill District Court next Friday.

Legal aid was granted.

Comments have been disabled as the case is before the courts 

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