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Man sentenced to life in prison for murdering his former flatmate

Sebastian Barczuk (32) has been given a life sentence after being found guilty of murdering his former flatmate Michal Kurek (33) who was stabbed 62 times before his body was left in a gateway of a country lane in Ballyboughal.

Mr Justice Hunt stated that there was an “air of mystery” surrounding the violent death of Mr Kurek.

Convicted last month by an 11-1 jury verdict, Barczuk pleaded not guilty to the murder. Mr Kurek was a homeless man who suffered from serious addiction issues.

According to Detective Garda Rowan, no motive for the murder had been established and that Barczuk had no previous convictions.

The jury accepted the State’s case that Barczuk was “a proven and admitted liar” who was “kite-flying” while being interviewed by detectives and then became a suspect as a result.

Mr Justice Hunt stated that the evidence pointed in one direction as the accused told gardaí that he was not at the scene, this was contradictory to the evidence presented.

While extending his sympathy to the victim’s family and complimenting gardaí on the investigation, Mr Hunt added, “It is no way for anyone’s life to end being stabbed to death with over 60 wounds and left in a ditch in the way he was,”.

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