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

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A murder enquiry has been opened relating to the incident.

Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margot Bolster will conduct a post-mortem examination this morning on the body of 35-year old Mikolaj Wilk, who died following an attack at his home near Ballincollig in Co Cork. The injured parties were taken to Cork University Hospital for treatment.

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. O'Sullivan continued by saying Wilk was found with life-threatening injuries in the home and that officers gave emergency medical attention to the homeowner while waiting for the paramedics to arrive.

Police said Wilk died in the hospital, despite the efforts of all medical teams involved.

Mr Wilk, 39, leaves behind his partner Elzbieta and their two children, aged nine and four, who are being cared for by another family who are in a position to care for them at this time. O'Sullivan said the two children were in the care of social workers.

They say the group fled the scene in a vehicle, believed to be a BMW Three Series, which was later found burnt out at Inniskenny in Waterfall.

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

RTÉ reports that Mr Wilk, who was originally from Poland, had lived in Ballincollig for several years and ran a garden maintenance business.