Wednesday, 11 April 2018

A 19 year old man was arrested in the Maghera area on Friday by Detectives investigating the murder of Piotr Krowka, but has been released on Police bail pending further enquiries.

The body of the 36 year old Polish national was discovered at a derelict property on Glen Road in Maghera on Tuesday 3rd April.

Detective Chief Inspector Geoff Boyce from PSNI Major Investigation Team said: "I can now confirm we are treating this as a murder investigation following the results of his post mortem.

"Piotr was a vulnerable homeless man from the Polish community who had been living in Maghera for a number of years. We believe he was sleeping rough in the derelict property which local people will know was a former Parochial House.

"He suffered serious injuries to his head and body and we are working to establish the circumstances of this incident and determine the precise sequence of events that culminated in the tragic death of this man.

"I am keen to identify Piotr's movements between Good Friday and Easter Tuesday when his body was discovered and I would appeal to anyone who was in contact with or who may have witnessed Piotr during this time to please contact us.

Democratic Unionist Mid-Ulster MLA Keith Buchanan said: "I am deeply saddened by the news that a murder investigation is underway in Maghera.

"This is a quiet rural community where neighbours are shocked that a man has been murdered on their doorstep.

"People should help the police with the investigation. I know the entire area will be holding this man's family foremost in their thoughts."

Chief Inspector Boyce added: "I am also keen to hear from anyone who may have noticed anything suspicious at this house during the timeframe to contact detectives at our incident room at Magherafelt PSNI Station by calling 101, quoting reference number 919 of 03/04/18.

"Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime."


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