Gun recovered from burnt-out getaway car 

Gun recovered from burnt-out getaway car 
Couple Mikołaj and Elzbieta Wilk, Polish nationals living in Ballincollig, Cork.

THE savage slaying of a man in his own home in Ballincollig has been described as one of the most gruesome murders Cork has seen in decades.

It has sparked a massive garda operation and sent shockwaves through the local community.

Gardaí seal off the crime scene where a Mikolaj lost his life near Ballincollig. Picture: John Delea.
Gardaí seal off the crime scene where a Mikolaj lost his life near Ballincollig. Picture: John Delea.

Gardaí were today awaiting the result of postmortem tests on the dead man’s body after a murder investigation was launched following the horror attack.

Mikolaj Wilk, a 35-year-old Polish national, was hacked to death when a group of up to four men armed with machetes entered his home in the quiet Maglin area of Ballincollig shortly after 3am yesterday.

His partner Elzbieta, in her 30s, was seriously injured in the attack, losing a finger and suffering several other injuries. Gardaí confirmed that Ms Wilk was still recovering in hospital today and they hope she can help them piece together the details of the attack.

The couple’s children, both under six years of age, were in bed when the attack took place. Another woman was also in the home and was unharmed, having fled through a window of the bungalow.

Superintendent Colm O'Sullivan & Insp Gary McPolin, Gurranabraher Garda Station Cork, briefs press at the crime scene, Bridge House, Maglin, near Ballincollig, Co. Cork. Picture: John Delea.
Superintendent Colm O'Sullivan & Insp Gary McPolin, Gurranabraher Garda Station Cork, briefs press at the crime scene, Bridge House, Maglin, near Ballincollig, Co. Cork. Picture: John Delea.

Following a technical examination of the BMW car located in Iniskenny, Ballinora, Waterfall, Gardaí have recovered a firearm which will now be sent for further examination.

Mr Wilk had lived in Ballincollig for at least five years and ran a garden maintenance business in the town. He was not known to Gardaí and no motive for the brutal slaying has been identified.

Superintendent Colm O’Sullivan said: “Mr Wilk has left a family, a wife behind, as well as friends in the Polish community and the wider community in Ballincollig, and our thoughts are with the family and his friends at this time.

“We are appealing to the public for any information they may have. People would have been returning from a night out or going to or from work. If you noticed anything in the Maglin, Ballincollig or Ballinora or Waterfall areas please contact An Garda Síochána.”

Local councillor Daithí O’Donnabháin said the thoughts of people in the area are with Elzbieta as she battles to recover from her injuries and the children who were also in the house at the time.

Forensics Officers at the scene where a man was attacked and subsequently died near Ballincollig, Co. Cork. Picture: John Delea.
Forensics Officers at the scene where a man was attacked and subsequently died near Ballincollig, Co. Cork. Picture: John Delea.

“No doubt, there will be a level of high trauma and shock because this would have had to have been seen and witnessed by them,” he said.

Local TD Aindrias Moynihan (FF) said: “There is a close-knit Polish community across Cork and this is a big tragedy and fright for them and the wider community which they are a part of.

“People are taken aback and in shock, it’s something you’d see on TV but not right on your doorstep.”

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