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Friday, 17 August 2012

"Rzeszowski Trial Rolls On"

Rzeszowski trial: Day 4

Today, the prosecution wrapped up their case.

The court heard from forensic psychologist Dr.Philip Joseph who said it was crystal clear that Damian Rzeszowski was not suffering from severe depression when he killed six people.

Dr.Joseph said that this included the day before the killings, during Rzeszowski's return from a holiday in Poland.

This afternoon, the defence began setting out their case, calling four expert witnesses.

Starting with an expert witness, Dr Samrat Sengupta, a consultant forensic psychiatrist from Broadmoor explained how he and his team went about assessing Damian Rzeszowski.

Possible violent family history

He gave details of how his family history could have had an effect. He said there was no family history of mental illness, but a possible violent history, with his father's domestic violence and alcoholism.

He also pointed to his uncle who had a criminal history.

Dr Sengupta then revealed the first full account Damian Rzeszowski gave medics of the events leading up to the killings.

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Damian said:
"I was feeling depressed in the weeks leading up to the killings. My wife and I had been having regular rows over trivial matters. I'd been drinking more. I felt depressed on my way back from Poland. I heard voices in the car. I felt unusual on the day of the killings. The voices returned. I felt upset."

Dr Sengupta said Rzeszowski became increasingly distressed and tearful as he gave that account. He was sobbing.

Is this murder or manslaughter?

Rzeszowski's defence advocate Julian Gollop today reminded the jurats this is not about whether he killed six people. He said the key question was whether there was an abnormality of mind when Rzeszowski killed. In other words was it murder or manslaughter?

Rzeszowski denies six counts of murder but admits the lesser charge of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Dr Sengupta will continue to give evidence tomorrow.

Medical expert: "He wasn't faking voices"

Day five of the trial of Damian Rzeszowski who is accused of murdering six people including his wife and two children today continued with the defence questioning their first expert witness, Clinical Forensic Psychiatrist Dr Samrat Sengupta who assessed Rzeszowski at Broadmoor hospital.

Defence advocate Julian Gollop asked him whether he shared the Crown's view that Rzeszowski was faking hearing voices at the time of the killings. Dr Sengupta said "No, but it's not possible to say for certain".

Advocate Gollop said what was the likelihood of faking symptoms? Dr Sengupta said "It was unlikely."

The court heard more accounts of the voices the defendant claims he heard prior to the killings, but today there was a conflicting account from one heard by the court earlier this week.

On 2 December, Rzeszowski told medics the voices said his wife and her friend would put the children on the barbecue. The court had previously heard that the voices were a group of men saying they would barbecue the children.

The judge intervened to point out the conflict. Dr Sengupta said when patients hear voices, these inconsistencies are common.

Rzeszowski denies six counts of murder but admits the lesser charge of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

The case continues.


  1. Been in ten fights since he arrived, does that not say something!!!

  2. Thanks anon who has just posted but I cannot let that comment through. If you want to talk to someone, I can put you in touch with a good friend who has been there?

  3. ok thank you ian ,silly really but pain still there .

  4. I'm not posting that one either!