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Three convicted over Polish murder

Below is the statement from the Crown Prosecution Service, commenting after the verdict was returned in the Carlisle murder case:

“Piotr Zygner and Sylwester Kawalec have today been convicted of murdering Mr Kulinski and Paulina Mucha has been convicted of his manslaughter.

"They targeted their victim outside his own home and subjected him to a violent and brutal attack - he was stabbed multiple times and received fatal injuries.

“Throughout the investigation and the trial, they have sought to cover up their truly dreadful crime.

"They even enlisted the help of other defendants to provide false alibis and conceal evidence relating to the murder.

“Nevertheless, the CPS has been determined to bring them to justice for their actions.

"As a result, Artur Woszczyna and Artur Skoczen have also been convicted of conspiring to pervert the course of justice, while Adam Karpuk and Paulina Mucha pleaded guilty to this charge at an earlier hearing.

“It is testament to the courage of the witnesses who came forward and gave evidence that we were able to build a strong case and secure these convictions.

“I would also like to offer my sympathies to the family and friends of Mr Kulinski and I hope that today’s verdict will go some way into helping them to come to terms with their loss.”

– Isla Chilton, Senior Crown Prosecutor, Crown Prosecution Service

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Four guilty in Polish murder trial

Two people have been found guilty of the murder of a Polish man in a Carlisle street.

A further two have been found guilty of perverting the course of justice.

32-year-old Piotr Kulinksi was stabbed seven times outside his home in Harraby last October.

The jury at Carlisle Crown Court returned a unanimous verdict of guilty on 30-year-old Piotr Zygner and Sylwester Kawalec who is 23.

30-year-old Artur Skoczen and Artur Woszczyna, who is 44, were found guilty on a charge of perverting the course of justice.

A fifth defendant, 26-year-old Paulina Mucha is also charged with murder and the jury is considering its verdict.

Sentencing on the four is not expected until Friday at the earliest.

Full Report: Defence begins in Carlisle murder case

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 threatened and demanded protection money from one of the people now accused of his murder.

John Bevir reports.

Defence heard in Carlisle murder trial

Police scene at Arnside road in Carlisle Credit: ITV News Border

A court has heard how a man stabbed to death outside his own home in Carlisle last October allegedly threatened and demanded protection money from one of the people now accused of his murder.

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

The jury at Carlisle Crown Court heard from 30-year-old Piotr Zygner, one of three people charged with murder.

Mr Zygner described how he first met the victim, Piotr Kulinski, claiming that he was selling drugs to a former girlfriend.

He also claimed that Mr Kulinski asked him to start selling drugs as well - but that he declined.

Trouble began to develop between the two men and there followed a series of altercations.

Mr Zygner was hospitalised after being attacked by a group of men outside his house, who hit him with hammers.

Mr Zygner said:

"They almost put me in a wheelchair, they broke my left hand and almost broke my backbone. I was beaten everywhere".

Mr Zygner went on to say that an arrangement was made so that he would pay Mr Kulinksi and his friends £200 a month in protection money.

There followed a series of threats by phone to Mr Zygner saying he would be shot in the knees and discussing Molotov cocktails.

At the start of the trial the prosecution outlined their allegation that Mr Zygner was one of the men responsible.

He denies murder, as do Paulina Mucha and Sylwester Kawalec.

Two other men, Artur Skoczen and Artur Woszczyna, deny perverting the course of justice.

The trial continues.

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.

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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'.

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