Rafal Karaczyn

  • The jury in the trial of a man accused of murdering his wife in Sligo has been discharged, after three jurors contacted the court to indicate they were not in a position to attend.

    The 12-member jury panel was scheduled to hear closing speeches in the murder trial of 34-year old Rafal Karaczyn from Crozon Park, Sligo who has pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to the manslaughter of his 30-year old wife Natalia Karaczyn at their family home in Sligo between April 29th and May 1st 2018.

    Yesterday, Ms Justice Eileen Creedon told the Central Criminal Court that the trial did not have a full complement of 12 jurors, as three had contacted the court to say they could not attend.

    Senior counsel Bernard Condon for the DPP told the judge his instructions were to ask that the jury be discharged and for the case to return to the list to fix dates.

    He said nobody knows when the trial could resume, and it would be unfair on jury members to be expected to re-assemble at some unknown point in the future.

    Mr Karaczyn was then remanded in custody with consent to bail, under the same terms and conditions, until March 30th.

  • The trial of a man accused of murdering his wife at their home in Sligo has heard she had defensive wounds on her arm, and died from manual strangulation.

    Rafal Karaczyn of Crozon Park, Sligo has pleaded guilty to her manslaughter, but denies murdering his wife between April 29th and May 1st 2018.

    In the Garda interviews presented to the jurors so far, Rafal Karaczyn repeatedly denied killing his wife Natalia. He told them she was the mother of his children, and he loved her.

    He said they were on a "break" at the time, and while he was aware she was cheating on him, he claimed he had accepted it and wanted to move on.

    He claimed he saw her lying on her bed with her clothes still on one morning, and removed her from the house when he realised she was dead because he feared he'd get the blame.

    He brought Gardaí to the spot where he left her body.

    A post-mortem revealed she died from asphyxia due to the application of external pressure to her neck.

    Gardaí put it to Mr. Karaczyn that he killed her because he was angry and jealous. He denied that was the case, and told them to look out for a 6ft man with red hair and a beard, whom he claimed put a gun to his head a few weeks beforehand and told him Natalia had "messed with the wrong woman"

    The case continues.

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    The funeral takes place in Sligo today of Natalia Karaczyn.

    The mother of three's body was found in woodland outside Sligo town on Tuesday.

    Requiem mass for the 30-year-old takes place in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception this morning at 11.30am.

    Her husband 32-year-old Rafal Karaczyn is due back in court today charged with her murder.

    He was remanded in custody yesterday, to appear before Harristown District Court later today.

    Polish national Rafal Karaczyn appeared yesterday before Sligo District Court yesterday  where Garda Cathal Duffy gave evidence of arresting him at Ballymote garda station on Wednesday last.

    Mr Karacyzn, of Crozon Park, Co Sligo, has been remanded in custody to appear at Harristown District Court, Castlerea today on a charge of murdering his wife at their home last Sunday.

    Rafal Karaczyn made no reply when the charge was put to him.

    It was agreed in court that he should be put on suicide watch.

    Ms Karaczyn's family, who were in court for the hearing, were in support of the request.

    The body of mother-of-three Ms Karaczyn (30) was recovered near Lough Gill, Co Sligo, shortly after 10am on Tuesday following a large-scale search effort by local gardaí.

    She had been strangled to death.

    Both the murder victim and her husband were members of the Polish community.

    Barrister Keith O'Grady, representing Mr Karaczyn, asked Sgt Duffy in court -  to confirm that the accused had first been arrested on Sunday night and was not interviewed then but was interviewed by gardaí on Monday and through the night and was released without charge on Tuesday morning.

    Within three hours, Mr O'Grady said, Mr Karaczyn returned voluntarily to make matters known to gardaí and after that the body was found and Mr Karaczyn co-operated with the gardaí.

    Sgt Duffy confirmed this was the case.

    Mr O'Grady told Judge Kevin Kilraine that members of the deceased's family were in court and wanted it made known that they were there to support Mr Karaczyn and also wanted him placed on suicide watch.

    Judge Kilraine agreed with Mr O'Grady that Mr Karaczyn should be placed on suicide watch and he remanded him in custody to appear at Harristown district court today.

    Judge Kilraine then granted him free legal aid.