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Mount Pleasant Lane murder: Polish national Dawid Wycik stabbed 67-year-old colleague in drunken rage

PUBLISHED: 10:13 30 July 2020

Dawid Wycik who murdered Czeslaw Swiatkowski. Picture: Met Police

Dawid Wycik who murdered Czeslaw Swiatkowski. Picture: Met Police

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A man who killed his colleague in a drunken rage at the house they were renovating has been found guilty of murder.

Czeslaw Swiatkowski who was stabbed to death in Mount Pleasant Lane. Picture: Met Police
Czeslaw Swiatkowski who was stabbed to death in Mount Pleasant Lane. Picture: Met Police

Dawid Wycik, 28, of no fixed abode, stabbed 67-year-old Czeslaw Swiatkowski to death in a house in Mount Pleasant Lane, Lower Clapton, at 11.30pm on January 24.

Police and the London Ambulance Service were called to the address following reports of a disturbance.

They found Mr Swiatkowski, a Polish national, inside the property suffering from stab injuries, and despite the efforts of emergency services, he was declared dead a short time later.

Wycik, who is also from Poland, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder and was charged the following day.

The house in Mount Pleasant Lane where the man was stabbed to death. Picture: Emma Bartholomew The house in Mount Pleasant Lane where the man was stabbed to death. Picture: Emma Bartholomew

A post-mortem examination gave cause of death as a stab wound to the abdomen.

A jury unanimously found him guilty of murder yesterday at Inner London Crown Court.

Det Insp Brett Hagen, of the specialist crime command, said: “Justice has been served today with this verdict.

“Wycik violently assaulted his 67-year-old work colleague in a drunken rage after he was politely asked to leave a property the victim had been renovating.

The house in Mount Pleasant Lane where the man was stabbed to death. Picture: Emma Bartholomew The house in Mount Pleasant Lane where the man was stabbed to death. Picture: Emma Bartholomew

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“Not content with punching Czeslaw multiple times in the face and knocking him to the ground, he then proceeded to pick up a kitchen knife from nearby and stab him while he lay prone on the floor.

“This was a cold, calculated and cowardly act of murder committed against a defenceless man some 40-plus years his elder.

“I hope Czeslaw’s family can take some small comfort from this outcome, albeit they’ll never comprehend why Wycik decided to use the lethal force he did.”


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