Polish man found guilty of murdering 67-year-old Czeslaw Swiatkowski

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A jury has unanimously found a polish man guilty of a murder in Clapton. 

Dawid Wycik, 28 of no fixed abode, was found guilty on Wednesday, 29 July at Inner London Crown Court of murdering 67-year-old Czeslaw Swiatkowski.


Detective Inspector Brett Hagen, of the Specialist Crime Command, said: “Justice has been served today with this verdict. Wycik violently assaulted his 67-year-old work colleague in a drunken rage after he was politely asked to leave a property the victim had been renovating. 

“Not content with punching Czeslaw multiple times in the face and knocking him to the ground, he then proceeded to pick up a kitchen knife from nearby and stab him while he lay prone on the floor. 

“This was a cold, calculated and cowardly act of murder committed against a defenceless man some 40-plus years his elder. I hope Czeslaw’s family can take some small comfort from this outcome, albeit they’ll never comprehend why Wycik decided to use the lethal force he did.”

Police were called to a residential address in Mount Pleasant Lane, E5 at 11.29pm on Friday, 24 January following reports of a disturbance. 

Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended. Mr Swiatkowski was found inside the property suffering from stab injuries. 

Despite the efforts of emergency services, he was declared dead a short time later. 

Wycik was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder and was charged the following day.

A post-mortem examination gave cause of death as a stab wound to the abdomen.

Mr Swiatkowski was a Polish national, as is Wycik.