Blood found on murder accused matched victim

Blood found on murder accused matched victim
Eoin Reynoldsnews@donegaldemocrat.com@dgldemocrat

Blood found on the clothes and right shoe of a man accused of murdering a man in Letterkenny three years ago, matches that of the dead man, a forensic expert told the Central Criminal Court this week.

Dr Alan McGee of Forensic Science Ireland gave evidence at the trial of Krzystof Grzegorski (22), and Dariusz Weckowicz (51).

Both men, who lived in Letterkenny, are accused of the murder of Bogdan Michalkiewicz on May 13 2013 at the deceased's home in Westside, Letterkenny, Co Donegal.

Mr Grzegorski has pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to manslaughter. His plea was not accepted by the State.

Mr Weckowicz has pleaded not guilty.

Dr McGee told prosecuting counsel Alex Owens SC  at Tuesday’s hearing of the trial that he examined shoes, jeans and a jacket that Mr Weckowicz gave to gardai on May 17th, four days after the alleged killing.

He said DNA taken from a blood sample on the right shoe, and further samples on the jeans and jacket, matched that of Bogdan Michalkiewicz.

He said the blood patterns on the jacket suggested that Mr Weckowicz was within two metres of Bogdan while Bogdan was still "actively bleeding".

Speaking to defence counsel Brendan Grehan SC, Dr McGee agreed that the evidence only showed that Mr Weckowicz was in the room.

Mr Grehan said that Bogdan had suffered 17 knife wounds including a cut throat and asked if there was any suggestion from the extent of the blood stains on his clothing that Mr Weckowicz inflicted the injuries.

Dr McGee replied: "I could not rule anything in or out."

Mr Grehan asked if it could be possible that Mr Weckowicz was "present but passed out" and Dr McGee replied: "I can't say."

Speaking to Mr Owens, Dr McGee recalled examining three knives that were found at the scene. Each one had blood that matched Bogdan's. 

Dr McGee also examined the leg of a coffee table that was found near Bogdan's body. One end of it was stained with blood, which belonged to Bogdan.

Other samples taken from around the room were found to belong to the dead man.

The Court then heard from John McCullough of Forensic Science Ireland, who said that he examined two cushions and a blanket found at the scene that had bloody footprints on them. He said he found two distinct prints but neither matched the shoes belonging to Mr Weckowicz.

The trial continues in front of Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury of eight men and four women.