Newry Crown Court told Polish victim ‘jumped on like a trampoline’
A 23 year old Newry woman accused of helping convicted killer Adrian Cunningham to murder a 40 year old Polish man has told Newry Crown Court that she was being framed for the murder by her ex-friend. Describing him as a ‘monster’, Lindsay White told the court that she tried to stop Cunningham from jumping on the victim “like a trampoline”.
Cunningham, from the Lisgullion Park area of Newry, was recently found guilty and is serving life for the murder of the homeless man, Marek Mateusz Muszynski, whose badly beaten body was found in a City alleyway in 2009 in an attack that shocked the community. Speaking to her defence QC Montague, an emotional White described the victim as a “decent enough person” who pleaded with Cunningham to stop, to which White said “the harder” Cunningham beat him. Fearing Cunningham, White said she only went to get a Chinese and alcohol after the murder because she was frightened about what he would do to her. She added, “To me he was a monster, that he would do that to a human being.”
White went on to describe to the courthouse how Cunningham acted after the murder. “He looked like a different person, he seemed proud of what he had done, as if he had to prove something.” White continued by telling the court that she believed they were “in the clear” after another girl was arrested in connection with the murder. On what she now thought of Cunningham she added, “I was upset, he was trying to frame me. I told the truth from day one because I wanted justice for his [Muszynski] family.”
Talking about the fatal night, White admitted that she had struck the victim on the face but only in self-defence to what she believed was an imminent threat. “He said, no, no, no, and said he wasn’t going to hurt me and gave me a hug.” White then described how Cunningham allegedly punched the man four times on the face, knocked him to the ground and began kicking him on the side of the head. She then claimed that Cunningham began to “stomp on his throat”.
On why there was no blood on her shoes, White retorted, “because I did not attack the man”. When asked if she had washed her jeans after the murder she dismissed this, stating that she “did not have a washing machine at that time”.
The case continues.
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