Belfast Telegraph

Accused 'drugged captives and made them clean his flat'

By Alan Erwin

Two men were poisoned, imprisoned and made to clean their captor's home, it has been alleged at the High Court.

Prosecutors claimed the pair were held at an address in Lisburn and forced to take a mixture of vodka and pills.

Polish national Mieczyslaw Krepacki denies charges of common assault, kidnapping and administering poison to endanger life. The 32-year-old also faces counts of false imprisonment, threats to kill, having a Taser stun-gun and possessing an offensive weapon, namely a baton.

He allegedly committed the offences at his home on Chapel Hill Mews last November. Bail was refused over fears of witness interference.

The court heard claims that Krepacki forced both men, who are also from Poland, to drink quantities of vodka and either sleeping tablets or another unknown medication.

It was alleged that he consistently assaulted and threatened them, along with ordering them to clean his flat.

Defence counsel Joel Lindsay said the men had all been present at a drinking session along with other neighbours. He argued that the claims being made were so bizarre that a successful prosecution was unlikely. The lawyer also pointed to a lack of physical injuries on the pair.

Referring to allegations that at one stage his client brought the two men from a job centre, the barrister contended: "We are expected to believe these men were dragged through public areas and didn't complain to anyone."

Responding to claims the two men had been locked inside the flat, he said keys and a phone had been present at all times.

The judge acknowledged there were "a number of strange aspects to this case".

But he ordered Krepacki to be held in custody, citing the potential for further offences and interfering with alleged victims said to be in fear of him.

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