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Mum-of-three Natalia Karacyzn

Mum-of-three Natalia Karacyzn

Mum-of-three Natalia Karacyzn

Mum-of-three Natalia Karacyzn's husband sent a text to her phone asking "Where are you?" almost two hours after CCTV footage recorded her returning to their home, his murder trial has heard.

The jury in the Central Criminal Court trial yesterday heard evidence that CCTV footage shows Natalia walking through the front door of her home at 6.23am after a night out and hours before her husband claimed she never came home.

Evidence that footage shows Mr Karacyzn driving a silver Peugeot up the side of his and Natalia's home at 7.51am, before he drove off at 8.13am and returned at 8.57am, has also been heard by the jury.

Rafal Karaczyn (34), of Crozon Park, Sligo, has pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to the manslaughter of his 30-year-old wife Natalia Karaczyn, at their family home in Crozon Park between April 29, 2018 and May 1, 2018.

The court has previously heard that on May 2, 2018, Mr Karaczyn was in Ballymote Garda Station with Natalia's sister Magda McMorrow when he told her that he had killed Natalia.

Ms McMorrow told Bernard Condon SC, for the DPP that Mr Karaczyn said he strangled her after she came home.

Garda Mark Irwin, of Sligo Garda Station, told Dara Foynes SC, for the DPP, that he compiled CCTV material for the investigation. He confirmed that Mr Karacyzn sent a text to Natalia's phone at 8.13am on April 29, 2018, in which he said: "Where are you?" Garda Irwin told Ms Foynes that Mr Karacyzn could be seen getting into the driver's seat of a silver Peugeot in the driveway of his home when he sent this text.

The court also heard that at 9.05am, Mr Karacyzn texted Ms McMorrow asking if she knew where Natalia was.

Kissing

The court also heard from two friends that Natalia went to the cinema and the Garavogue Bar and she had been seen kissing Gvido Ozols.

Elwira Sobel said she messaged Natalia twice but she did not reply. She confirmed to Mr Condon that, at around 9.31am on April 29, 2018, she got a Facebook message from Mr Karacyzn in which he said, "She's [Natalia] not at home. I don't know what's going on."

Aneta Cieciwa said on April 29, 2018, she received messages from Mr Karacyzn in which he asked: "Hey, do you know where Natalia is?" and "She's not at home and nobody knows anything." The trial continues.