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'Callous murderer' claim in dumbbell bar trial

A man who allegedly bludgeoned a 26-year-old to death has told a court his co-accused is a "callous murderer".

Jaroslaw Kowalski was struck with a dumbbell bar at his flat in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, in July last year, Luton Crown Court has heard.

Poles Marcin Skibicki, 29, of Bute Street, Luton, and Pawal Pilipow, 25, of Rye Close, Stevenage, deny murder.

Mr Skibicki said on Thursday he had urinated on the victim but was not involved in the fatal attack.

Mr Kowalski's room was "like a blood bath, like a horror scene", the jury has heard.

He had 47 separate injuries on his head, face and body and a fractured skull and died shortly after being found in the room in Vardon Road.

Prosecutor Michael Speak had previously told the jury that the two defendants attacked Mr Kowalski for reasons which "remain obscure".

Mr Pilipow has already appeared in the witness box and blamed Mr Skibicki for the killing.

Slapped in face

Giving evidence, Mr Skibicki said of his co-accused: "He is a callous murderer.

"He killed this man he knows well. He has no conscience."

The three men were drinking at the flat when Mr Kowalski insulted him and Mr Pilipow laughed, he added.

He slapped the victim on the face and kicked him in the nose and alleged that Mr Pilipow joined in, punching Mr Kowalski "very hard" in the forehead and eyes.

He told Mr Pilipow to leave Mr Kowalski alone, but also wanted to "humiliate" the victim so decided to urinate on him, he said.

Describing the attack with a dumbbell bar as "frenzied", he said he had tried to stop some of the blows and to calm Mr Pilipow but he was "like a man possessed".

"I never saw him before in such a state. I was scared to look at him," he added.

Mr Pilipow, who worked at the Allied Bakery in Stevenage with the victim, has told the jury he tried to break up a sustained "fists and feet" attack on the victim by Mr Skibicki, who later hit Mr Kowalski with the metal bar.

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