Teenagers charged with murder of homeless man in Northern Ireland

Teenagers charged with murder of homeless man in Northern Ireland

TWO teenagers have been charged with the murder of a homeless man in Derry earlier this year.

The body of Polish national, Piotr Krowka, was discovered in a former parochial house on Glen Road in the town of Maghera in April of this year.

The 36-year-old had been living in the town for several years and was understood to be in his late-30’s.

He had suffered serious injuries to his head and body.

A 17-year-old man was arrested by detectives in relation to the murder but was released on police bail pending further inquiries.

About a week later, two 16-year-old boys were arrested and questioned in connection to the murder.

In the early hours of this morning, police said they had charged a 17-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man with the murder.

Both are expected to appear before Magherafelt Magistrates Court later this morning.

All charges are reviewed by the Public Prosecution Service.

Speaking at the time of the murder, Detective Chief Inspector Geoff Boyce of the Police Service of Northern Ireland told BBC News that he believed Mr Krowka was a “vulnerable homeless man” and had been sleeping rough in the property.

“I can now confirm we are treating this as a murder investigation following the results of his post-mortem,” he said.

“I am keen to identify Piotr’s movements between Good Friday and Easter Tuesday when his body was discovered.

“I would appeal to anyone who was in contact with or who may have witnessed Piotr during this time to please contact us.”