We now know cold-blooded killer Dawid Mietus was known to the police here and in his native Poland.
The 25-year-old is a violent individual with a very short fuse. He had a difficult upbringing and serious problems with alcohol.
Police believe he came here to live because a warrant was out for his arrest in Poland for drink driving.
The authorities there were called to the family home a number of times, and also spoke to him over a threat to kill his grandparents.
And in the months and weeks before Patrycja’s murder in Newry almost two years ago, warning signs perhaps of what he was capable of.
That March, Mietus was involved in a serious row with his mother and his partner. It’s understood he had put a knife to Patrycja’s throat and threatened her.
Then in July, not long before he turned to murder, there was a second incident involving his mother, who also lives here in Northern Ireland.
Both cases were investigated by police and prosecutors were consulted. We understand the women didn’t follow through with their statements, and a decision was made not to take any further action.
The Public Prosecution Service told Sunday Life: “We received an investigation file from police reporting one individual in relation to an incident in Newry on 22nd March 2020. The evidence submitted by police was considered by a public prosecutor. It was determined that the available evidence was insufficient to provide a reasonable prospect of conviction in court and therefore it did not meet the test for prosecution.”
Prosecutors did not receive a file on the second incident involving Mietus’s mother that July until late August — two weeks after Patrycja’s murder.
“A file relating to an incident in Newry on 11 July 2020 was submitted by police on 27 August 2020. All the evidence and information in this file was carefully considered by a public prosecutor who determined that the test for prosecution was not met on evidential grounds in respect of two counts of assaults. It was determined that the test for prosecution was met on one count of criminal damage,’’ said a PPS spokesperson.
“The PPS has a duty to put before the courts only those cases in which there is a reasonable prospect of conviction.”
It’s believed the decision-making also included the circumstances of the previous case involving Patrycja that March. Sunday Life understands prosecutors were not aware Mietus had a criminal record outside Northern Ireland.
However, Detective Inspector Mark Gibson said even though Mietus was known to them there was “no specific information” to suggest it would end in murder.
“Mietus was known to the police, both in Northern Ireland and Poland, for previous domestic violence and we know that Patrycja had reported Mietus on at least one occasion to the Police Service of Northern Ireland,’’ he says.
“However, there was no specific information to indicate this could escalate so quickly and tragically.
“Abuse at the hands of someone you love or trust is horrendous and we would encourage anyone who is experiencing any form of domestic abuse, or concerned about someone who is, to report to us.
“All reports are treated seriously, they will be investigated sensitively and the Police Service of Northern Ireland will do everything it can to ensure perpetrators are brought to justice.”
Despite any questions they may have, Patrycja’s step-mum Yvonne has this message: “Don’t suffer in silence. Don’t stay in that sick and insane relationship, get help.”