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Timeline of Damian Rzeszowski case

  • March 2008: Damian Rzeszowski finds that his wife, Izabela, has been using Skype to flirt with a Polish man in the US.
  • May 2011: Rzeszowski begins to feel depressed "for the first time ever".
  • June 2011: Rzeszowski finds out that his wife has been having a two-month affair with another man.
  • July 2011: After a visit to his GP, Rzeszowski takes an overdose of pills.
  • August 2011: The couple travel to Poland with children for a family holiday in a final attempt to save the marriage. Later the same month, Rzeszowski attacks.
  • April 2012: Rzeszowski pleads guilty to six charges of manslaughter.
  • August 2012: Rzeszowski found guilty.

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Family of Jersey victims remain 'shattered' by killings

Relatives of four of the six victims killed by Damian Rzeszowski in Jersey have described their ongoing pain at the deaths.

The statement was read by a police family liaison officer outside St. Helier's Royal Court after the Pole was convicted of manslaughter, on grounds of diminished responsibility.

Over a year ago our family was devastated by an enormous tragedy.

The deaths of Marek, Izabela, Kinga, Kacper, Marta and Julia shattered our lives and the lives of many other close families and friends. Our lives were broken when the hearts of six other wonderful people were stopped.

A year has passed and it still hurts. We do not think this will ever change as we've lost our closest family and friends forever.

Rzeszowski shows no emotion as manslaughter verdict read out

Damian Rzeszowski showed no emotion in the dock as the presiding judge, Sir Michael Birt, read out the verdicts that two jurats - similar to magistrates in the UK - had reached.

Throughout the trial, the defendant had constantly stared down at the floor, not looking up at any time.

No members of the victims' families were in court, but the public gallery was full of curious onlookers.

Judge Birt, who is the Bailiff of Jersey, said Rzeszowski would be sentenced on October 29.

Rzeszowski emotionless as manslaughter verdict read out

Damian Rzeszowski showed no emotion in the dock as the presiding judge, Sir Michael Birt, read out the verdicts that two jurats - similar to magistrates in the UK - had reached.

Throughout the trial, the defendant had constantly stared down at the floor, not looking up at any time.

No members of the victims' families were in court, but the public gallery was full of curious onlookers.

Judge Birt, who is the Bailiff of Jersey, said Rzeszowski would be sentenced on October 29.

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Man avoids murder convictions in Jersey on grounds of diminished responsibility

Damian Rzeszowski Credit: States of Jersey police handout

Damian Rzeszowski, who was today convicted of the manslaughter of six people, admitted the killings but successfully used the defence of diminished responsibility, avoiding murder convictions.

His legal team said he was suffering moderate to severe depression, causing an onset of psychotic symptoms.

Damian Rzeszowski armed himself with kitchen knives and stabbed his father-in-law, wife, daughter and two-year-old son Kacper at their Jersey home on August 14 last year.

The 31-year-old Polish builder also turned on his wife's friend and her five-year-old daughter who were at the house for a barbecue.

The court heard that Rzeszowski's marriage had been under strain after his wife confessed to a two-month affair with another man and threatened to commit suicide.

Murder suspect 'blacked out' after family barbecue

Murder suspect Damian Rzeszowski claims to have blacked out after cooking sausages at a barbecue at his family's home before the attacks that killed his wife, children, father-in-law and family friends took place, a court heard.

Solicitor General Howard Sharp, for the prosecution, read notes the psychiatrist Dr Dale Harrison had written during his interview with Rzeszowski five days after the attack.

Damian said 'I just remember the knife. I remember bits and pieces, going behind my wife and running behind her'.

He stated he did not remember attacking the children. He did remember his father-in-law and later running behind his wife.

At another point in the interview, the court heard how Rzeszowski told Dr Harrison:

Everybody gone, it is father-in-law, my wife, my wife's friend and daughter. It is me, I did that.

Man accused of mass murder 'hearing voices'

A man accused of killing six people, including his wife and two young children, is being haunted by voices in his head, a court heard today.

31-year-old Damian Rzeszowski is accused of killing his wife Isabela, their two children; five-year-old Kinga and two-year-old Kacpe. He is also accused of killing his wife's father Mare (56), his wife's friend Marta De La Haye (34) and Mrs De La Haye's five- year-old daughter.

Consultant psychiatrist Dr Dale Harrison said that when he initially interviewed Rzeszowski he found no symptoms of psychosis, but after re-examining him since he returned to Jersey after attending Broadmoor Hospital he said:

For the last week he has continued to experience voices. These voices are related to stress he is under. His stress levels are up since leaving Broadmoor Hospital and being put in prison.

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