Doncaster murder victim Adam wasn’t a burglar, court hears

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A burglar who sneaked into an accused murderer’s house in Doncaster stole cash to buy class A drugs, a jury was told.

Russell McIntyre stole drugs, cash and a bicycle when he raided drug dealer Mateusz Halabura’s home on Jubilee Road, Wheatley.

McIntyre was giving evidence at the murder trial of Halabura and four others, who are accused of killing Adam Szurgocinski after wrongly thinking it was him who had committed the burglary.

McIntyre told a jury at Sheffield Crown Court: “The UPVC window was left open in the back garden.

“I took almost £3,000 in cash which was in the kitchen cupboard over the cooker. It was a mixture of coins and notes - about £2,600 in notes and £200 in coins.”

McIntyre told the jury that the cannabis he took was also in the kitchen cupboards - a lump the size of half a football wrapped in a black bin liner, and 18 smaller, sealed bags.

He said: “I spent all the money on class A drugs and I smoked the cannabis between me and my friends. I took the bike to a shop in Doncaster and sold it.”

When Halabura discovered the burglary early on September 14 last year, the jury has previously heard that he contacted the other defendants in the trial and told them to meet him at his house.

Murder victim Adam knew the men through illegal drugs circles as he was a street dealer in amphetamines. He was summoned to Halabura’s house as a ‘suspect’ in the robbery.

When he arrived, he suffered a ‘severe beating’ which led to his death.

Rafal Palinski, aged 29, of Fenland Road, Thorne, Jaroslaw Owczarczyk, 20, of Raby Road, Sebastian Mariusz Gurski, 30, of Ramsden Road, and Mateusz Halabura, 25, and Pawel Wegorzewski, 20, both of Jubilee Road, all deny murder.

Dariusz Bogusz has admitted perverting the course of justice.

The trial continues.