Garda checkpoint seeks clues to Ballincollig murder

Garda checkpoint seeks clues to Ballincollig murder
Couple Mikołaj and Elzbieta Wilk, Polish nationals living in Ballincollig, Cork.

MOTORISTS travelling on the southern side of Ballincollig were targeted early yesterday with a checkpoint by gardaí investigating Mikolaj Wilk’s murder.

The checkpoint took place exactly a week after the brutal machete murder by a gang of four masked men who attacked Mr Wilk and his wife Elzbieta at around 3am on Sunday morning at the 35-year-old’s home in Maglin, Ballincollig.

Elzbieta was also assaulted and underwent surgery for tendon damage in one of her hands. She also suffered head and facial injuries.

The couple’s children and a woman who was renting a room in the house escaped injury. The car linked to the gang was found burnt out in the Waterfall area.

Gardaí want to speak to anyone who was in the area in the early hours of Sunday week last to come forward. They are particularly appealing for a taxi driver, who dropped passengers in the area in the hours before the attack, to contact them.

They believe this man, who collected three women from a pub in the Wilton area of the city at around midnight on June 9, and who dropped them in the Waterfall area, may have crucial information about the movements of the gang or the vehicle.

Detectives have spoken to the three women. They have confirmed that the taxi was booked via a taxi app. The driver dropped the women to three addresses in the Waterfall area between midnight and 12.30am.

A Garda spokesman urged the driver to contact the incident room at Gurranabraher Garda Station on 021 494 6200.

Their investigation, which has an international dimension, has yet to establish a motive, with work ongoing to identify potential suspects.

Weekend reports suggested that ‘poison pen letters’ were written about the deceased in recent years, suggesting he had links with criminal activity but gardaí have not confirmed this.

More than €20,000 has been pledged to the GoFundMe account set up to help the Wilk family.

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