Gardaí at Letterkenny Garda Station have enlisted the help of two native Polish gardaí to help them with their investigations into the murder of Bogdan Michalkiewicz.
The 41-year-old who had been living in Letterkenny for seven years, was found by his brother Tomasz in his flat at 15 Westside Apartments, Lower Main Street, at around 11am on Wednesday, May 15.
Senior gardaí have described the killing as brutal. Inspector Michael Harrison said: “It would be no exaggeration to say his death was horrific.”
Polish gardaí, who are based in Dublin, have been brought to Letterkenny in recent days to ensure that language doesn’t prove to be a barrier during the course of their investigation. Senior detectives and gardaí have made door to door inquiries on foot, asking locals a number of questions. CCTV from local businesses at Lower Main Street has also been viewed during the course of the intensive investigation.
Meanwhile, a large number of people attended the funeral Mass of Bogdan Michalkiewicz at St. Eunan’s Cathedral on Tuesday evening. Father Raphael Jamuszewski called on those gathered to pray for “our brother Bogdan” and to pray for his family and friends. A picture of a smiling Bogdan Michalkiewicz adorned the coffin as it was led into the Cathedral. His brother, Tomasz, and members of his family slowly accompanied the coffin into St. Eunan’s Cathedral on Tuesday evening shortly after five o’clock. A large number of the Polish community were present at the Mass which was celebrated beautifully in Polish and song.
A large number of gardaí, plain clothes detectives and two inspectors were present.
The priest said: “Brothers and sisters, we are gathered here to say goodbye to our friend Bogdan.
“We pray for his soul, may God grant him rest. We pray for our souls. May God grant him peace.”
The body was removed afterwards for cremation at Roselawn crematorium in Belfast.
Gardaí have appealed to the Polish and wider community to come forward if they have any information.
Gardaí can be contacted at Letterkenny Garda Station at 074 91 67100.