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Ballincollig residents ‘afraid’

Wednesday, 13th June, 2018 4:13pm

Gardaí have appealed for taxi drivers to come forward following the murder of a father in Ballincollig on Sunday.

Mikolaj Wilk was killed and his partner was injured when intruders broke into their home at 3am, as children were asleep in the house.

Yesterday, Gardaí appealed for taxi and hackney drivers who were in the area on the night to come forward.

They are specifically interested in talking to drivers with dashcam footage that could help with their ongoing investigations.

Mr Wilk's partner Elzbieta sustained serious injuries, and as of yesterday, she was still being treated in CUH.

Renewing the appeal for information on Wednesday, Superintendent Colm O’Sullivan said: “A number of people have come forward with information and we wish to thank the public for their assistance in the investigation thus far.

“However, we are aware of a number of taxis and hackneys that were operating in the Maglin, Ballincollig, Ballinora and Waterfall areas on the night of the incident who have not come forward. Any information they may have, no matter how insignificant, would assist our investigation.”

Fianna Fáil Cllr Daithi O’Donnabhain, who visited the scene on Sunday, called the attack “one of the most serious and appalling incidents to happen in Cork in many years”.

“This is as bad as it gets,” he said. “People going out and arming themselves in the middle of the night, carrying out an operation like this and planning their escape. People are obviously concerned about what’s happened, and I think that’s the case for many sections of the community, people living alone or who are isolated.”

Fine Gael Cllr Derry Canty said the attack had “sent shockwaves through the town”.

He added: "Everyone in the community is just so saddened and sick at what has happened to this family. Members of the community are now worried that this could happen to them. From those in isolated rural areas to those living in estates in the middle of Ballincollig, people are afraid and worried that something like this could happen so close to such a built up area.”

Fr Piotr Galus, chaplain to the Polish community in Cork, will remember the family at a mass in Ballincollig’s Church of St Mary and St John at 7.30pm this Saturday.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Gurranabraher Garda Station on 021-4946200, the Garda Confidential Line 1800-666111 or any Garda Station.

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