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Defence begins in Carlisle murder trial

The defence has started in the trial of three people charged with murdering a 32-year-old man outside his house in Carlisle.

Piotr Kulinski was stabbed seven times as he got ready for work on the morning of the 14th October last year.

Today the court heard how the victim allegedly supplied drugs to the former girlfriend of one of the men now charged with his murder.

Piotr Zygner also claimed that Mr Kulinski tried to persuade him to sell drugs.

Mr Zygner, Sylwester Kawalec and Paulina Mucha all deny the charges.

Pathologist gives evidence in murder trial

A home office pathologist has told a jury of the horrific catalogue of injuries suffered by a man stabbed to death outside his own house.

Dr Alison Armour was giving evidence at the trial of two men and a woman charged with murdering 32-year-old Piotr Kulinski in Carlisle last October.

Dr Armour performed the post mortem on Mr Kulinski's body, and described the seven stab wounds he received, mostly to his back.

One wound to his back left shoulder was 16 centimetres deep, and punctured a lung before completely severing the aorta - the large artery that leaves the heart.

Another severed the bronchus, part of the airway that connects with the lung. Dr Armour said that either of those two wounds on there own 'were suffice to cause death'.


The accused 'terrorised the Polish community' says partner of murder victim

The partner of a man stabbed to death outside their home has said that those accused of the murder 'terrorised the Polish community' in Carlisle.

Katarzyna Plominski was giving evidence at the trial of three people accused of murder and another two accused of perverting the course of justice.

Ms Plominski said she saw two men attacking her partner outside their home, but under cross examination admitted that she did not get a good look at their faces.

She also told the court that her partner used to smoke Cannabis, but said she knew nothing about alleged threats of violence made by Piotr Kulinski against the defendants.

All the defendants deny the charges. The trial continues.

Carlisle murder case continues

The partner of a man stabbed to death outside their house in Carlisle has been speaking about the moment it happened.

Katarzyna Plominski was giving evidence at Carlisle Crown Court, where three people are accused of murdering her partner, 32-year-old Piotr Kulinski.

Ms Plominski said that she heard her partner getting ready for work at about 5.30am on 14th October 2012.

After trying to get back to sleep, she heard a 'horrible noise' outside, and from her bedroom window saw two men attacking Mr Kulinski.

They ran off when she shouted that she 'would phone the police'.

Ms Plominski went outside and saw her partner lying in the road 'not moving' and making a 'gasping noise'.

All defendants deny charges

The court heard that all of them had been drinking at a house party the night before.

After the attack they returned to the house party.

It was then alleged that they took off their blood stained clothes, and another friend Artur Woszcxyna, then drove to St Bees and threw a bag with the clothes and shoes over a cliff.

Another man, Artur Skoczen is also accused of helping cover up the murder.

All the defendants deny the charges.

The trial is expected to take up to six weeks.


Three charged with murder

At Carlisle Crown Court, the jury heard that Mr Kulinski's partner and a neighbour saw two people attacking Mr Kulinksi whilst he was lying on the ground outside his house on Arnside Road in the Harraby area of Carlisle.

A post Mortem later found that he had been stabbed seven times. Two of the wounds were so serious that they alone would have killed him, one was six inches deep, severing an artery with another damaging his lung.

The prosecution allege that Piotr Zygner and Sylwester Kawalec were the two men that were attacking Mr Kulinski.

They claim that Pauline Mucha then drove the two of them away as they fled the scene before police arrived.

All three are charged with murder.

Carlisle murder accused in court

Carlisle Crown Court has heard that a 32-year-old man was stabbed seven times outside his house as he got ready to go to work.

Three people are charged with murdering Piotr Kulinski and a further two people are also accused of conspiring to pervert the course of justice by allegedly helping to cover up the murder.

The court heard that there had been previous disagreements between the victim and the defendant, one of which was reported to the police.

Six in court over murdered Polish national

Police scene at Arnside road in Carlisle Credit: ITV Border

Two men and a woman have appeared in court charged with the murder of a 32-year-old man in Carlisle.

Piotr Kulinski, who was originally from Poland, was found dead in a house in Arnside Road in the Harraby area of the city last October.

Piotr Zygner, Paulina Mucha and Sylwester Kawalec all entered not guilty pleas at Carlisle Crown Court this afternoon.

Along with the three defendants, a further three men appeared in court charged with perverting the course of justice.

Piotr Zygner, Sylwester Kawalec, Artur Skoczen and Artur Woszczyna all entered not guilty pleas to perverting the course of justice.

Pauline Mucha and Adam Karpuk pleaded guilty and will be sentenced at a later date.

The trial will take place in April.

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