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27/09/2021

Teenagers remanded in custody after appearing in court charged with murder of Polish national in Maghera

Piotr Krowka
Two teenagers have appeared before Magherafelt Court this morning charged with murder. Adrian Kozak (18), of Craigmore Heights, Maghera, and a 17 year-old, who cannot be named due to his age, appeared before the court jointly charged with the murder of Polish national, Piotr Krowka on March 31 this year. The remains of the 36 year-old (pictured above) were found in a former parochial house on the Glen Road. At the time of the murder, police said they believed Mr Krowka was sleeping rough in the derelict property. Both accused were led into the courtroom in handcuffs as members of their families looked on. Neither of the teenagers spoke during the short hearing. An investigating officer told the court that he could connect both defendants to the charge. Solicitor Pat McGuckin, who represented both teenagers, said he would not be applying for bail for either defendant. The youth was detained in custody to appear via videolink before Dungannon Court on October 16. Kozak was also remanded in custody and will appear via videolink before Magherafelt Magistrates Court on October 17 for the purposes of a bail application.  

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