Man dies and partner seriously injured after intruders attack their home overnight

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Another woman was reportedly in the home at the time but managed to escape via a window. The two children reportedly witnessed the incident, but were unharmed, while a second woman managed to leave the home using a window.

Both Mikolaj and Elzbieta were taken to Cork University Hospital, but sadly Mikolaj was pronounced dead shortly after 5:30am. His partner, who is in her 30s and also from Poland, was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses or for anyone with information to contact them at Gurranabraher on 021 494 6200, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

Officers investigating the incident say they are now searching for the men behind the attack. Mr. Wilk later died in hospital. O'Sullivan said the two children were in the care of social workers. They believe the vehicle was a BMW 3 series.

The suspects fled the scene and a auto was found burnt out at a waterfall about five miles away.

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The couple's home now remains sealed off in order for a forensic examination to take place.

The murder scene is now sealed off and gardai are continuing their house-to-house inquiries.

Fundraiser has been set up online for Mikolaj Wilk to help Cork murder victim's family.

The Polish man, named as Mikołaj Wilk, ran a gardening business and had lived in Ireland for at least five years.