Polish man charged with Channel Island knife murders

26th August 2011, Comments 0 comments

A 30-year-old Polish man appeared in court in the Channel Island of Jersey on Friday charged with the murders of six people, including his wife and their two children.

Damian Rzeszowski appeared at the Royal Court in the island's capital St Helier, charged with killing Izabela Rzeszowska, 30, along with their children Kinga, five, and two-year-old Kacper on August 14.

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

The charges were read to Rzeszowski through a translator in a 10-minute hearing. He stood with his head bowed.

The suspect was remanded in custody until October 28, when he is due to appear again at the Royal Court.

Detectives had to wait nearly two weeks to question Rzeszowski about the killings in St Helier. He is thought to have repeatedly stabbed himself in the chest following the incident and had been recovering in hospital.

Post-mortem examinations carried out on the six victims, who were all Polish or of Polish descent, confirmed they all died from knife wounds.

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

The island is not a part of the United Kingdom but a British crown dependency with its own laws and parliament.

© 2011 AFP

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