The murder scene of a man in Ballincollig, Cork was so brutal that Gardaí had to be given counselling.
Mikolaj Wilk, originally from Poland, was viciously attacked by a group of men with machetes at his home on June 10. His wife Elzbieta received head and face injuries and had to have surgery on her hand.
She has since returned home to Poland with their son and daughter, aged six and five respectively.
BALLINCOLLIG MURDER - Neil is speaking to @paulbyrne about the Garda investigation into the murder of Mikolaj Wilk in Ballincollig at his home in the early hours of Sunday May 10th. #NPRedFm [email protected]/ 1850 104 106 pic.twitter.com/nwCLhaooB5
— Neil Prendeville (@NeilRedFM) June 22, 2018
In total, 15 gardai were given counselling and one of them is still on leave after witnessing the harrowing scene of Wilk’s murder.
Garda spokesman Padraig Harrington said all of those working on the case were traumatised by what they had witnessed and that it was like something from a “horror movie”.
Wilk, who had lived in Ireland for more than 10 years, was a gardener who ran his own company and was not known to Gardaí.
The suspects are thought to have fled the country after the attack and Gardaí are still trying to establish a motive.