An indictment against Karol M., who in November 2022 in Łuków (Lubelskie Voivodeship) fatally wounded a bailiff in her office with a knife, was sent to the court. The prosecution accused him of the murder of a woman and the attempted murder of an intervening police officer and a law firm employee who defended the bailiff. At the end of the investigation, M. confessed to the alleged acts. According to the prosecutor’s office, he had “partially abolished sanity”.
Down the attack on the bailiff took place on November 18, 2022 around 1 p.m. in the bailiff’s office at Kozia Street in Łuków. As determined by the police, Karol M., a 42-year-old resident of the Wola Mysłowska commune, attacked with a knife and wounded a bailiff and a law firm employee present there. The woman died the same day in hospital as a result of her injuries. The attacker was shot in the stomach by the intervening police officers and was taken to the hospital. Two days later, his condition allowed for questioning. The 42-year-old pleaded guilty to five charges in total.
Allegations against Charles M.
The first concerns the murder of a 44-year-old bailiff. According to the prosecutor’s office, the man, using a knife, struck the woman 40 times, causing, among other things, wounds to the head, chest and abdomen. Prosecutors concluded that the perpetrator acted as a result of “motivation deserving special condemnation”.
The second charge concerns attempted murder of a policeman who tried to apprehend the attacker and active assault on that officer. According to the investigators, the 42-year-old allegedly attacked the uniformed officer with a knife and tried to stab him in the head and chest.
The third charge concerns the attempted murder of a 32-year-old employee of a bailiff’s office. The man – as reported by the prosecutor’s office – tried to defend the bailiff attacked by the attacker, then the aggressor rushed at him with a knife and hit him in the back of the head and hand.
The fourth and fifth allegations concern the violation of the bodily integrity of a woman whom the 42-year-old allegedly attacked on his way to the office. According to the investigators, the man hit her on the right shoulder, spat on her and threatened to kill her.
42-year-old Karol M. pleaded not guilty to the charges against him during the investigation. He did it only at the end of the prosecutor’s proceedings. He pleaded guilty to the charges against him. He said that he could not explain his conduct – said prosecutor Agnieszka Kępka from the District Prosecutor’s Office in Lublin.
The man is under temporary arrest. The prosecutor’s office said that he was not a client of the bailiff’s office where he committed the attack, and before the assault he was in another law firm.
Experts: the perpetrator at the time of committing the act had partially abolished sanity
Karol M. was placed under closed psychiatric observation. A team of experts was to assess whether the man was sane at the time of committing the act.
– After observation, the experts found an incorrect personality and possible mental disorders – Kępka told us.
She added that, according to the experts’ opinion, the suspect at the time of committing the act had a significantly limited ability to recognize its meaning and control his conduct. – In connection with we are dealing with a partial abolition of sanity – explained prosecutor Kępka.
Pursuant to Article 31 paragraph 2 of the Penal Code, which says that: if at the time of committing the crime the ability to recognize the significance of the act or to manage the proceedings was significantly limited, the court may apply extraordinary mitigation of punishment.
The indictment was sent to the District Court in Siedlce.
Protests in bailiffs’ offices across the country and an appeal to the minister
Three days after the tragedy in Łuków, bailiff offices throughout Poland were closed as a sign of protest against what had happened. As the National Council of Bailiffs emphasized, “these actions are aimed at drawing attention to this tragedy and the hate that we encounter in our work on a daily basis”.
After the tragedy in Łuków The Polish Bar Council appealed to the Minister of Justice Zbigniew Ziobro o “taking specific and immediate actions that will actually increase the legal protection of legal professionals, and will shape public opinion in an atmosphere of respect and understanding of their role in a democratic state ruled by law.”
A similar appeal to the head of the Ministry of Justice was also made by the National Council of Bailiffs, which “requested a firm reaction and immediate action to ensure the safety of bailiffs”.
Main photo source: KPP Łuków