A Polish national was jailed on Monday for three years for the fatal stabbing of his stepson during a drunken fight in Newbridge, County Kildare.
Boguslaw Kulczynki (49) formerly of Moorefield Park, tried to cover up the killing by placing the knife in the victim’s hand before gardai arrived.
Judge Leonie Reynolds, sitting at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, imposed an eight year sentence with five suspended on strict conditions.
Kulczynki pleaded guilty previously at Naas Circuit Criminal Court to the unlawful killing of Krystian Morawski (21) in his home on July 19, 2010.
Judge Reynolds rejected a defence application to impose a non-custodial sentence in light of the “exceptional and unique circumstances”. She said she accepted that it was not premeditated and that the victim had a history of violence but noted Kulczynki’s attempt to cover up his involvement.
Detective Garda Ger Cooney told prosecuting counsel Orla Crowe BL that Kulczynki was drinking in his home with his wife and friends and his step-son was also there.
Kulczynki went to bed and was later woken by his wife telling him his car was missing. He suspected Mr Morawski had taken it. Later that night gardai called him to say his car had been found abandoned and damaged.
Det Gda Cooney said Kulczynki returned to bed but was again woken by his wife who told him she had been assaulted by the victim who was then confronted by Kulczynki, leading to the fatal fight breaking-out in the kitchen.
During the tussle Mr Morawski was fatally stabbed several times in the chest by Kulczynki who wiped down the knife and placed it in the victim’s hand before gardai arrived.
At first investigators believed it was a suicide but Kulczynki later told them Mr Morawski impaled himself on the blade. He later admitted to manslaughter.
The court heard Kulczynki had a poor relationship with his step-son which was made worse by the victim’s drink and drug use and propensity for violence.
Defence counsel Paul Greene SC said Kulczynki came here several years ago and worked in the construction sector before losing his job during the economic downturn.
He said prison would be very difficult for Kulczynki and his family as his wife had serious medical difficulties.
A victim impact report from his wife, Julita Kulczynka, asked the court not to jail her husband as it would cause “extreme hardship” for the family.
- Conor Gallagher