The victim was identified as 35-year-old Polish national, Mikolaj Wilk
Wilk and his partner were attacked by an armed gang at their home in Cork
Gardai have launched a murder investigation
CORK, Ireland - A 35-year-old Polish national, identified as Mikolaj Wilk succumbed to his injuries on Monday, after he and his partner were targeted by an armed gang.
The attack took place inside Wilk’s house near the town of Ballincollig in Co Cork.
According to Gardai, who have launched a murder investigation into the attack, Wilk and his partner suffered a serious assault by an armed gang in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Officials believe that a number of men armed with weapons went to the victim’s house shortly after 3am and seriously assaulted the man and his partner.
The assailants, who were reportedly armed with machetes, then left the house and are believed to have abandoned and set fire to their car.
The couple were rushed to the Cork University Hospital for treatment.
However, Wilk succumbed to his injuries despite the best efforts of the medical teams at the hospital.
Meanwhile, his partner, a woman in her 30s, too had suffered injuries, which were not believed to be life-threatening.
Gardai said that when the attack took place, another woman in her early 30s and two young children under six years of age were also present at the house but escaped injury.
Investigators have now sealed off the house, to conduct a technical examination.
As part of their initial investigation, Gardai said that the Cork County Fire Service found a BMW 3 series in Waterfall, which is around six kilometres from the murder scene.
In a statement to reporters, 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 his family and friends at this time."
He added, "On arrival, Gardai found Mr. Wilk seriously injured with life threatening injuries. They gave medical attention while awaiting the arrival of the paramedics. Mr. Wilk was removed to the Cork University Hospital, where, unfortunately, despite the best efforts of the medical teams at the hospital, Mr. Wilk died of his injuries. His partner, was also removed to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries."
Superintendent O'Sullivan added that the BMW 3 series, which was found by the Cork County Fire Service might belong to the gang.
He added that both the scenes are being preserved for forensic examinations.
Adding, “We are particularly anxious to speak to any drivers who may have dashcam footage and travelled in the following areas, Maglin, Ballincollig, Ballinora and Waterfall areas between 2am and 5am this morning or if you saw any suspicious or unusual activities in these areas within the last three days."
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