Police probing Channel Island knife murders head to Poland

23rd August 2011, Comments 0 comments

Detectives investigating the murder of six people on Jersey are to fly to Poland to interview the family and friends of the victims, the Channel Island's police force said Tuesday.

A Polish man is suspected of stabbing to death his wife, their two children, her father, her friend and a five-year-old daughter, in a flat in the capital St. Helier on August 14. They were Polish or of Polish descent.

Officers are to leave early next week to build up a picture of the victims and their family lives.

"It is important that we do whatever we can to piece together the sequence of events in this tragic incident, as well as trying to establish any particular circumstances that may have led up to it," said Detective Superintendent Stewart Gull, who is leading the inquiry.

Jersey, which lies around 22 kilometres (14 miles) off the coast of northern France, has a very low crime rate and the stabbings rocked the 90,000-strong commmunity.

Officers are waiting to question 30-year-old Damian Rzeszowski about the massacre.

He is believed to have repeatedly stabbed himself in the chest after the attacks, which left his 30-year-old wife Izabela Rzeszowska dead along with their children, Kinga, five, and two-year-old Kacper.

He is also suspected of killing his wife's father Marek Garstka, 56, and her friend Marta Dominika De La Haye, 34, and five-year-old daughter Julia Frances.

A States of Jersey Police spokesman said: "A 30-year-old man, arrested in connection with the murders, remains in hospital under police guard.

"His medical condition is continuing to improve and police are waiting for confirmation on when he may be released for police detention and questioning."

More than 200 lines of inquiry are already being investigated.

Jersey has become a major offshore financial services hub in recent years. The island is not a part of the United Kingdom or the European Union but a British crown dependency with its own laws and parliament.

© 2011 AFP

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