Murder investigation launched after man's body found in derelict property

Police at the scene at a derelict property in Maghera on Friday as they launch a murder investigation into the death of Piotr Krowka.
Police at the scene at a derelict property in Maghera on Friday as they launch a murder investigation into the death of Piotr Krowka.

Police have launched a murder investigation after a man’s body was found at a derelict property in Co. Londonderry on Tuesday afternoon (April 3).

The victim, who has been named as Piotr Krowka, was found at a property on Glen Road in Maghera. He is understood to have been in his late 30s.

Detective Chief Inspector Geoff Boyce from PSNI Major Investigation Team said: "I can now confirm we are treating this as a murder investigation following the results of his post mortem

Detective Chief Inspector Geoff Boyce from PSNI Major Investigation Team said: "I can now confirm we are treating this as a murder investigation following the results of his post mortem

Detective Chief Inspector Geoff Boyce from PSNI Major Investigation Team said: “I can now confirm we are treating this as a murder investigation following the results of his post mortem.

“Piotr was a vulnerable homeless man from the Polish community who had been living in Maghera for a number of years. We believe he was sleeping rough in the derelict property which local people will know was a former Parochial House.

“He suffered serious injuries to his head and body and we are working to establish the circumstances of this incident and determine the precise sequence of events that culminated in the tragic death of this man.

“I am keen to identify Piotr's movements between Good Friday and Easter Tuesday when his body was discovered and I would appeal to anyone who was in contact with or who may have witnessed Piotr during this time to please contact us. I am also keen to hear from anyone who may have noticed anything suspicious at this house during the timeframe to contact detectives at our incident room at Magherafelt PSNI Station by calling 101, quoting reference number 919 of 03/04/18.

“Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."