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Tuesday, 16 August 2011

"Jersey Murders - All Victims Now named"

The full details of the families slaughtered in a knife attack in Jersey are emerging today.

Father Damian Rzeszowski, 30, is suspected of knifing to death his wife Izabela, 30, young daughter Kinga and toddler son Kacper, along with Izabela's father Marek Garstki, 55, and Izabela's best friend Marta De La Haye, 34, and her daughter Julia De La Haye, five.

This morning, reports that Izabela was pregnant - rumoured to be by another man - have been ruled out by Jersey Police who have confirmed that a Post Mortem confirmed she was not pregnant.

tragic five-year-old Julia with her mother Marta de la Haye


A murder investigation by Jersey Police is being led by their Head of Crime, Superintendent Stewart Gull, who headed the investigations into the 2006 Suffolk Strangler serial murders in Ipswich.

Jersey officers have spoken to Polish police in order to arrange for members of the arrested man's family and report back to them.

Supt Gull said that the victims included members of two families - one Polish and the other from Jersey.

Two of the dead were found outside on Victoria Crescent, four inside.

Jersey police are appealing for people to call them with information on 01534 612612.

Their latest press release is below:

The investigation in to the murder of six people at an incident in St Helier at the weekend continues today, as house-to-house enquiries get underway at Victoria Crescent, St Helier, and key witnesses are interviewed.

A 30-year-old man, who has been in hospital under police custody since the incident on Sunday, August 14th 2011, was formerly arrested in connection with the murder of three young children, two women and a man yesterday. He remains in a stable condition.

The first post-mortem, on one of the two women who died in the attack, was completed by the Home Office Pathologist last night, with cause of death confirmed as multiple stab wounds. Post mortems on the other five victims will be carried out over the next few days.

Forensic examination of the scene and evidence gathered is ongoing, with the States of Jersey Police Forensic team being supported by two CSI officers from Devon & Cornwall, together with forensic scientists.

Family Liaison Officers are continuing to work with the two families involved in the incident, in support of the investigation and to assist with police liaison. They are supported by Polish-speaking officers and staff.

Uniformed officers from States of Jersey Police, together with the Honorary Police, are also maintaining a high profile in the area of Victoria Crescent, Midvale Road, and are working closely with local community leaders and residents to support the local community.

Welfare networks, including advice and psychological support, have also been put in place, both for police officers and other emergency services workers, who have been faced with the demanding and distressing challenges of responding to the tragic incident.

“This is an extremely complex investigation, involving two young families and, inevitably, impacting on a whole community, and our inquiry continues to establish exactly what happened on that fateful afternoon last weekend,” said Detective Superintendent Stewart Gull, who is leading the murder investigation.

“We have had tremendous support from the local community, and I would renew our appeal to anyone who hasn’t already come forward, but may have useful information to help our inquiry, to contact us.”

The Incident Room can be contacted on 01534 612080, or information can be passed anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800555111.

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