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Saturday, 01 November 2014

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Cumbrian trial told victim’s blood on clothes of accused

Men accused of murdering aPolish factory worker had clothes stained with his blood, a court has heard.

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Tracksuit bottoms and trainers allegedly worn by Piotr Zygner, 30, and Sylwester Kawalec, 23, were examined after police found them after a search at St Bees in west Cumbria.

Both men are on trial at Carlisle Crown Court accused of the murder of Piotr Kulinski.

Mr Kulinski, who worked at the city’s Cavaghan & Gray factory and who had a young son and partner, died after being stabbed outside his home in Arnside Road, Harraby, on October 14 last year.

Pamela Bauer, a forensic scientist, showed the jury a pair of black Nike trainers and a pair of black Nike tracksuit bottoms allegedly belonging to Zygner. She told the jury there were splashes of Mr Kulinski’s blood on them.

She also showed the court a pair of Adidas trainers and Umbro tracksuit bottoms allegedly belonging to Kawalec, which also had blood stains belonging to Mr Kulinski on them.

Miss Bauer added: “In my opinion, the finding provides support for the assertion that Zygner was involved in the assault on Kulinski wearing Nike trainers and tracksuit bottoms.”

She repeated the statement for Kawalec, but said he had instead been wearing the Umbro tracksuit bottoms and Adidas trainers.

Miss Bauer also showed the court a pair of tracksuit bottoms on which DNA matching that of Zygner and Paulina Mucha, 26, who is also accused of murder, was found.

These also had a blood stain on them. However, Miss Bauer said she could not conclude from this that Mucha was “directly involved in the assault.”

The prosecution has brought murder charges against Zygner, Mucha, and Kawalec, all of Currock Road, Currock, Carlisle.

All three deny murder.

Artur Woszczyna, 44, of Beverley Rise, Harraby, Carlisle, and Artur Skoczen, 30, of Ashman Close, Denton Holme, Carlisle, deny conspiring to pervert the course of justice.

The court was told at the opening of the trial that the prosecution allege Mr Kulinski was attacked by Zygner and Kawalec.

The prosecution also say they escaped in a vehicle driven by Mucha and that the three joined forces with the others “to try to prevent the police from solving the crime and particularly bydisposing of evidence”.

The trial, which is now into its second week, continues.

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