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Police man dies after suffering 60 injuries in sustained attack: Court

Maidstone crown court
Maidstone crown court

by Julia Roberts

A Polish man died after suffering more than 60 injuries to his body in a "vicious and sustained" fatal attack, a court heard.

Daniel Galkowski was allegedly punched and kicked repeatedly by 31-year-old Artur Kozlowski after violence erupted between the two Poles in Kozlowski's flat in South Street, Gravesend, in December last year.

Maidstone Crown Court the fight started in the living room and then continued in the bathroom.

Prosecutor Simon Edwards said Mr Galkowski, who was signifcantly smaller than Kozlowski, was punched several times and then kicked all over his body as he lay on the floor.

His body was found the following day laying in pools of blood and in a semi-foetal position.

"There was a large amount of blood coming from his mouth," said Mr Edwards.

"The Crown say it would have been obvious from even the briefest of glances that he was dead."

Mr Galkowski's injuries included one to his brain, as well as a broken nose, fractured rib and grip marks to his arms and neck.

The jury of seven men and five women was told that Kozlowski admits killing Mr Galkowski but denies murder.

However, the prosecutor said the extent of Mr Galkowski's injuries was "the clearest possible indication" that at the very least he intended to cause really serious injury.

"This was a sustained and violent attack by the defendant. It resulted in injuries all over his body and serious internal injuries.

"Whatever prompted this disagreement is unclear; what is clear is that it resulted in a vicious attack on Mr Galkowski which killed him.

"The defendant accepts killing Mr Galkowski and the question for you will be are you satisfied that at the time he killed him he either intended to kill him or cause him really serious injury.

"If the answer is yes then the verdict would be guilty of murder."

The trial is expected to end later this week.

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