The wife of a man brutally murdered in his own home in Ballincollig will be “heartbroken forever”, a family friend has said.
Gardaí continue to appeal for information as they work to establish a motive for the murder of Mikolaj Wilk at the weekend, which even seasoned officers described as exceptionally violent in its 'ferocity and intensity'.
They are particularly interested in any unusual activity in the surrounding area in the days leading to his death and have appealed to motorists with dashcams to come forward with their footage.
It is believed his attackers spoke fluent English and gardaí are looking at the possibility that a personal grudge may be behind the incident but are keeping an open mind on the motive.
Mr Wilk, aged 35, was attacked in his home by a gang of up to four men with machetes in the early hours of Sunday morning. An autopsy revealed that he died from multiple slash injuries.
His wife also suffered severe injuries in the incident and is being treated at Cork University Hospital.
A family friend said her ‘injuries will heal but her heart will be broken forever'.
Aga Deryng said: “All of us can be with her here and support her as much as we can and be with her at all times and not to let her be on her own with her own thoughts.” “They have their business here, they have their children going to an Irish school. They are a wonderful family, Mikel was a generous, great, great helpful man with a very warm heart, so I can’t imagine why they have attacked just them.” A BMW car was found burnt out six kilometres away in Ballinora several hours after the attack and Gardaí recovered a firearm from the vehicle.
People in Ballincollig have been left reeling from the news of the exceptionally violent death on their doorstep.
The couple's two children and another woman in the house were unharmed and the children are now being cared for by extended family.