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Tuesday, 14 August 2012

"Rzeszowski Trial - Day 2"

Victoria Crescent killings: Day 2


Further evidence of the attacks has emerged on day 2 of the trial of Damian Rzeszowski, the man accused of murdering his family as well as a family friend and her daughter in Jersey last summer.

The prosecution showed the court computer animated graphics of exactly where the knives entered the bodies of the victims.

All the victims were found with lacerations in their hands which happened when they were defending themselves.

After stabbing the 6 victims, Damian tried to kill himself. He stabbed himself more than 40 times. 27 times in the chest, 8 times in the abdomen and multiple times in the limbs.

After stabbing himself, he slit his throat and slit his wrists four times.

He was treated in hospital for a collapsed lung and that is when he asked the doctor to kill him.

Damian's state of mind.

After the killings, doctors began to assess Damian's state of mind.

The prosecution told the court that on the 19th August Damian told doctors "Everybody died, kids, father-in-law, my wife, wife's friend and daughter. It's me, I did that. I took a knife but I can't remember. Something happened. I just remember a knife. I remember bits and pieces, running behind wife. I remember taking a knife from the kitchen, a long one. I don't remember attacking the children. I remember my father-in-law. And running behind my wife".

The prosecution's expert witness was next to take the stand. Consultant Psychiatrist Dr Dale Harrison said: "Because Damian's GP notes showed he had a short history of depression, it seemed appropriate to seek help from Broadmoor Psychiatric Hospital in the UK. On the 19th August, a team of psychiatrists from Broadmoor assessed Damian's mental state and concluded that before he killed he was suffering from a depressive illness, but doctors could not confirm any definite psychotic symptoms (hallucinations, obsessional or delusional beliefs)."

The court then heard when Damian was in hospital immediately after the killings he was prescribed the anti-depressant fluoxetine. He was then prescribed anti-pyschotic mediation and major tranquillisers, to protect his mental health.

He remains on a high dosage of anti-pyschotics, anti-depressants and anti-anxiety drugs. - News, Weather & Information for the Channel Islands - stabbings home

To mark the first anniversary of the stabbings there is a special memorial mass for the victims this evening at St Thomas' Church.

The service starts at 7.30 and will be half in English and half in Polish.

Jersey murder trial: Damian Rzeszowski 'has no memory of deaths'

Kacper and Kinga Rzeszowski  
Damian Rzeszowski killed six people including his children Kacper, 2, and Kinga, 5

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A man accused of six murders in Jersey, including his wife and children, has no memory of the event, a court has heard.
Damian Rzeszowski, 31, stabbed his wife Izabela Rzeszowska, 30, daughter, Kinga, five, and son, Kacper, two, in St Helier on 14 August last year.
At the Royal Court, he is also accused of murdering his wife's father, her friend and her friend's daughter.
Psychiatrist Dr Dale Harrison said Rzeszowski, who admits the killings but denies murder, was hearing voices.
Dr Harrison spoke to the defendant, a Polish national, days after the attacks, Bailiff Sir Michael Birt and the two jurats heard.
Rzeszowski has pleaded guilty to manslaughter through diminished responsibility.
The manslaughter pleas are not accepted by the Crown, who argue the defendant was not suffering an "abnormality of the mind" when the attacks took place.

Artist's impression of Damian Rzeszowski  
The defendant listened with his head bowed and eyes closed as the killings were described
In the first interview Dr Harrison conducted with Rzeszowski on 19 August 2011, the defendant said he could not remember what had happened.
A statement from Dr Harrison said: "Damian said 'I just remember the knife. I remember bits and pieces, going behind 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."
As well as the deaths of his wife and children, the defendant is accused of murdering Marek Garstka, 56, Marta De La Haye, 34, and Julia De La Haye, aged five.
On Monday, the court in St Helier heard that Rzeszowski claims to have blacked out after cooking sausages at a barbecue at his family's home before the attacks took place.
Barbecue 'long finished' Earlier on Tuesday the court was read a statement from a Jersey police officer who had overheard a conversation between Rzeszowski and his parents several weeks later at La Moye Prison in Jersey.
The defendant told his mother "the barbecue was long finished when it happened", the statement said.
The court was shown the two kitchen knives used in the attacks.
Solicitor General Howard Sharp, prosecuting, described the victims' injuries.
Rzeszowski looked at the floor throughout the proceedings and lowered his head further as details of the injuries were explained.

Julia de la Haye, Kinga and Kacper Rzeszowski  
Details of the children's injuries were told to the court
Four out of the six victims were attacked with more than one knife. All had cuts to their hands where they tried to defend themselves.
Dr Harrison said when he had first interviewed Rzeszowski five days after the attacks he had found no definitive symptoms of psychosis.
But after re-examining the defendant following his return to Jersey from treatment in Broadmoor Hospital, Dr Harrison 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."
The court heard that during his first interview with the psychiatrist, Rzeszowski said: "Everybody gone, it is father-in-law, my wife, my wife's friend and daughter. It is me, I did that."
He had drunk several glasses of whisky on the day of the attacks but was under the drink-drive limit, the bailiff and jurats heard.

1 comment:

  1. 'He had drunk several glasses of whisky on the day of the attacks but was under the drink-drive limit'

    So just how many whiskys can you have before driving, but still be under the drink-drive limit?