Woman arrested in Ballincollig murder probe

Woman arrested in Ballincollig murder probe
The late Mikołaj Wilk

A WOMAN is being questioned this afternoon about the murder of Polish gardener Mikolaj Wilk.

She is the sixth person to be arrested as part of the investigation into the June 10 machete murder in Maglin, Ballincollig.

She is being questioned in Gurranabraher garda station. A man who was also being questioned about the murder in Gurranabraher station has been released without charge. He was arrested yesterday morning. A file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions in relation to him.

A second man, who is being held in Togher, is also still be questioned. He was arrested on Wednesday morning.

In January, three Eastern Europeans were quizzed about the murder.

The main suspects for the horror killing fled to Eastern Europe within hours of the murder, but locally-based Eastern Europeans are believed to have aided them in logistics including transport. The gang is also believed to have had help from native Corkonians.

Although the chief suspects have fled, gardaí are still hopeful of being able to trace the actual killers and prosecute them for the murder.

35-year-old Mr Wilk received horrific injuries when he was attacked by a gang of up to four men armed with machetes, in his home at Maglin, Ballincollig on June 10. The gang burst into the house at around 3am.

He died in Cork University Hospital a short time after the attack. His wife Elzbieta received serious injuries to her hand and was treated in hospital.

She has since returned home to Poland with the couple's children, who were also in the house at the time of the attack.

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