Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Dad "allegedly" murders mom, two kids, three others in knife attack (St. Helier, Jersey, England)

This time the "alleged" killer dad is DAMIAN RZESZOWSKI.


Jersey 'killer' and his family First photo of mum and kids in 6-death knife horror


Published: 15 Aug 2011

THESE are the first pictures of a dad and the family he allegedly killed in a knife attack on Jersey.

Cops are waiting to quiz Rzeszowski in hospital over six killings on the Channel island — including those of Izabela's dad, a family pal and her child.

Neighbours said Rzeszowski was suicidal. And horrified locals today told how they fended off a "mumbling" attacker with a traffic cone before he turned his knife on himself.

One neighbour, who did not want to be named, said the suspect had been rowing with his wife recently and had tried to take an overdose last month.

Another resident of the same block of flats in the Channel Island's capital St Helier said he saw a man chasing a woman with a knife before he stabbed himself in the chest.

Bryan Ogesa, 24, said he and two friends used a traffic cone to defend themselves as the attacker came towards them.

As he ran away he saw the body of another man lying in the doorway of the flat with a knife sticking out of his back.

Mr Ogesa, who had run outside after he heard screaming, said: "A man was chasing a woman with a knife, it was quite long."

He had first seen another woman lying on the ground and had gone to help her as he thought she had simply fallen over.

"She was responsive, but just mumbling," he said. "That's when the guy started coming towards us. He was mumbling as well."

Mike Bowron, chief officer for Jersey Police, said there will be no "instant answers" as police try to piece together what happened.

Shocked neighbours told last night how they saw paramedics covered in blood after carrying a child from the scene of the massacre, on a quiet residential street called Victoria Crescent.

Andre Thorpe said: "I saw police come running out with a child. It was a small child, I just saw the legs. They went off in an ambulance.

"When the paramedic came back her shirt was covered in blood. We have quick response ambulance cars and two crews pulled up, grabbed a kit, and ran inside."

Some victims died at the scene and others at Jersey General Hospital. The hospital's emergency department was closed for more than two hours yesterday, with visitors being turned away from the wards.

Staff were called in on their days off to help deal with the incident.

Mr Thorpe added: "Two ambulances turned up first as it was close to the ambulance station. Then four or five police vehicles came, all blues and twos.

"They were trying to access a private house in the crescent. It was an old Victorian terrace — a lot of them are split into flats."

Mr Thorpe also saw police taking a dog around the secluded road.

A female resident said: "Supposedly it's my next door neighbour and her family that have been killed. So it's an extreme shock."

Another young man said his family were friends of the victims. He said: "We talked to them, my mum would go over and say hello to the little children. She adored them."

A local resident described horror scenes saying he watched as paramedics carried the bodies of two little girls out of the flat.

He said: "I've never seen so much blood. They were completely limp. The paramedics were crying.

"They were completely drenched in blood, one of the paramedics had to change his clothes."

He said the girls were blonde and were both wearing dresses. He guessed their ages as one being around eight or nine and the other two or three.

He said the woman was lying on the road, was also covered in blood and appeared lifeless.

The man, who would give only his first name as John, said he had been in his garden nearby and had run to the scene after hearing a woman scream.

He said: "She shouted 'Please help me, please God help me'."

He was unable to tell what her accent was.

A number of Polish people turned up at the police cordon. One man appeared to have been crying.

Police set up a major incident room. Forensic experts were at the property yesterday afternoon alongside uniformed police and detectives.

Head of crime services Stewart Gull, leading the inquiry, said: "This complex investigation is in its very early stages as we try to establish exactly what happened. We are appealing to anyone with any information to contact us. Jersey is an incredibly safe island and incidents of this nature are extremely rare."

Jersey's Chief Minister, Senator Terry Le Sueur, said: "I was deeply saddened and shocked by yesterday's tragic events and I would like to extend my sincerest condolences to the friends and relatives of those involved.

"This is now a police inquiry and we fully support States of Jersey Police officers as they carry out their investigations.

"I have every confidence in the ability and professionalism of our police force in handling this investigation. We must now avoid speculation and allow them to continue with this important work.

"Jersey is a very safe place and events of this terrible nature are very rare. This has greatly shocked the island's community. Many will need support and counselling in the days ahead and we will ensure this is provided.

"I would like to thank emergency services and especially paramedics and hospital staff for their tireless work yesterday.

"I would also like to thank the parish of St Helier for opening the town hall to help the community at this tragic time. It reinforces the importance of the parish at the centre of island life and the strength of our community."