Piotr Kulinski murder trial: Jury retires

  • 20 May 2013
  • From the section Cumbria
Piotr Kulinski
Image caption Factory worker Piotr Kulinski suffered stab wounds

The jury has retired to consider its verdict in the trial of two men and a woman accused of murdering a Polish man in Carlisle.

Piotr Kulinski, 32, was fatally stabbed during an attack outside his home in Harraby on 14 October.

Piotr Zygner, 30, Pauline Mucha, 26, and Sylwester Kawalec, 23, all of Currock Road, Carlisle, deny murder.

The trial at Carlisle Crown Court heard that Mr Zygner stabbed Mr Kulinski while trying to protect Mr Kawalec.

He said that he and Mr Kawalec, driven by Ms Mucha, had gone to the victim's house to pay protection money he had previously demanded and Mr Kulinski came out shouting abuse and making as if to attack him.

Mr Zygner said that he noticed a knife on the ground, picked it up and stabbed Mr Kulinski in the back in a bid to stop him beating up his co-defendant.

However, Mr Kulinski's partner, Katrina Plominska, said that prior to the attack he had told police that he had been having problems with the two male defendants after he bumped into Mr Kawalec in a pub.

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