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Wednesday 14 November 2018

Natalia husband tells gardai someone else killed her at his home

Natalia Karaczyn
Natalia Karaczyn

A 32-year-old man who has twice been arrested in relation to the murder of his wife has told investigating officers that someone else killed her at his home.

The body of Polish woman Natalia Karaczyn (30) was recovered near Lough Gill, Co Sligo, shortly after 10am on Tuesday following a large-scale search effort by local gardai. She had been strangled.

Her husband, Rafal Karaczyn (32), was arrested for a second time on Tuesday morning by gardai investigating the disappearance and then death of his wife.

He remained in custody last night and was expected to appear before court this morning charged in relation to his wife's death.

Missing

Rafal Karaczyn
Rafal Karaczyn

Gardai have been trying to establish if there was any third party involvement in the murder.

Mr Karaczyn is understood to have previously given officers detailed information about where they might find his wife.

The mother-of-three had been missing for more than 48 hours after returning to her home in the Crozon Park area of Sligo from a night out with friends.

Her husband was initially arrested on Sunday evening while his wife was still missing.

He was questioned for more than 24 hours before being released without charge just after 5am on Tuesday.

However, it is understood that he was contacted by associates of his wife, who persuaded him to return to the garda station.

Mr Karaczyn was then re-arrested.

Shortly after 10am on Tuesday, the body of a woman, since identified as Ms Karaczyn, was recovered near Lough Gill, more than 2km from where she was last seen.

Detectives believe she may have been killed in a "crime of passion".

As part of the investigation, gardai gathered CCTV footage from properties and businesses near Crozon Park.

According to her family, footage from a pub near their home showed Ms Karaczyn walking along the road at 6.30am on Sunday.

Separate images from a neighbour's property showed a vehicle leaving the Crozon Park area that same morning, before returning a short time later.

This vehicle was seized on Tuesday afternoon by gardai and was still being examined last night.

On Monday, Ms Karaczyn's family appealed for information about her disappearance.

Her sister, Magdalena McMorrow, wrote on social media: "My sister Natalia went out and has not come back.

"Please, if you have any information, seen her, or maybe have CCTV outside your house in the area, get in touch with Sligo Garda Station or myself."

The investigation is being led by Ballymote gardai.

Sensitivities

Chief Supt Aidan Glackin of the Sligo/Leitrim garda division had previously said the investigation was still live following the discovery of Ms Karaczyn's body.

"As you are aware, this find comes from the reporting of a missing young lady to us on Sunday morning," he told reporters in Holywell Road, near where the body was found.

"We have worked earnestly with the community in Sligo to try to find that person.

"As I said, we've got great help from the community and this has led to this discovery here today.

"The investigation is still very live, but I do want to reiterate that there are sensitivities here. There's privacies that need to be afforded to the families that are involved.

"I want to thank the community in Sligo for the great assistance we've got and I can't stress that enough."

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