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CCTV footage released of victimís last movements

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

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CHILLING footage has been released of a hooded man following a Polish man in Maghera shortly before he was murdered.

The new images show the final movements of Piotr Krowka on Easter Saturday, 31st March  -- the day police believe Mr Krowka was killed.

The 36 year old had been living on and off in the Mid-Ulster town since 2005 and had recently been sleeping rough after returning from London in December 2017.

His body was discovered on Tuesday 3rd April at an abandoned parochial house on the Glen Road -- three days after it is believed he was killed, in which he suffered injuries to his head and body.

Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy says he hopes the images "prompt someone's memory" and urged anyone with direct knowledge of Piotr's murder to search their conscience.

"I would urge those people to examine their conscience, and ask themselves if they can carry the burden of that guilt forever?

"If you know anything now is the time to do the right thing and tell police," he said.

Police believe the footage may represent the last time Piotr was seen alive by anyone other than those who killed him.

"Chillingly, during his journey up Main Street, he is being followed by a hooded man," DS Murphy says in the video.

"We need to establish who this man is. I believe someone in the community knows him."

In the extracts of the footage Mr Krowka can be seen walking along the Coleraine Road at 8:50pm on Easter Saturday, making his way up Main Street at 8.58pm, before crossing the road and turning left onto the Glen Road.

DS Murphy added: "Take the time to ask yourself: Is someone you know acting out of character?

"Did they come home on Easter Saturday with blood on their clothes? Did they dispose of this clothing? If the answer to any of those questions is yes, please contact police."

Two 16 year olds, a 17 year old and a 19 year old have been detained in the Maghera area as part of the murder investigation.

They were all later released on bail pending further police enquiries.

Anyone with any information about the murder is asked to contact the PSNI on non-emergency number 101, quoting the reference 919 of 03/04/2018. Alternatively the public can contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The local community has been rallying round to assist with the cost of Mr Krowka's funeral, with a JustGiving page already raising over £2,000 thanks to donations from more than 120 people.

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