Search

Karolina’s killing: Family get longer temporary shelter from Tower Hamlets Council

PUBLISHED: 15:27 19 May 2017 | UPDATED: 15:45 19 May 2017

Karolina Chwiluk. Picture: MPS

Karolina Chwiluk. Picture: MPS

MPS

A family facing eviction today from emergency accommodation after having to quit their flat in Limehouse where 20-year-old Karolina Chwiluk was stabbed to death in front of them have been given extra time to stay.

Flat in Dora Street where Karolina was stabbed to death. Picture; MIKE BROOKE Flat in Dora Street where Karolina was stabbed to death. Picture; MIKE BROOKE

Monika Fijak, 42, who was also stabbed in the incident in Dora Street on May 4, had been told she and her two children must leave their bed and breakfast hotel by noon and return to the privately-rented flat in Dora Street.

But the family are traumatised and say they can’t go back because of ‘flashback’ memories of Karolina’s killing.

The East London Advertiser contacted Tower Hamlets Council with just hours to go before the noon deadline.

Traumatised by the killing... Ida Fijak, 17 (left), with brother Frankie, 5, and mother Monika, 42, in emergency accomodation. Picture: MIKE BROOKE Traumatised by the killing... Ida Fijak, 17 (left), with brother Frankie, 5, and mother Monika, 42, in emergency accomodation. Picture: MIKE BROOKE

Now the council says they can stay another week at the small b&b hotel where they were put up after their home became a police ‘murder crime scene’ while a solution is found.

“It’s impossible to go back to that flat,” Monika told the Advertiser.

“Karolina was like a daughter to me. She died in that place, in my home. I think all the time about trying to save her when I tried to shield her. It was terrible. There was a lot of blood as she died.”

Karolina's counsin and 'best friend' Ida Fijak. Picture: MIKE BROOKE Karolina's counsin and 'best friend' Ida Fijak. Picture: MIKE BROOKE

Monika, 42, has a stab wound on her arm and was treated later in hospital.

“I saw Karolina always smiling,” she recalls. “But now I get flashback nightmares seeing her dying in my corridor in a lot of blood.”

The front-door has also been broken in since the incident and is only secured with an outside padlock.

Temporary stay for family... Tower Hamlets deputy mayor for housing Siraj Islam. Picture: MIKE BROOKE Temporary stay for family... Tower Hamlets deputy mayor for housing Siraj Islam. Picture: MIKE BROOKE

Karolina’s cousin and “best friend” was Monika’s daughter Ida, 17, who said: “It’s not enough that I’ve lost my very best friend, who was a family member as well.

“The council told us we can’t get accommodation as we’re not on the waiting list.

“But we’ve been made homeless by what happened. There is no way we can go back to the old flat. We don’t feel safe there—we need emergency housing.”

Flowers for Karolina Chwiluk outside Limehouse flat where she was killed. Picture: MIKE BROOKE Flowers for Karolina Chwiluk outside Limehouse flat where she was killed. Picture: MIKE BROOKE

Paramedics from the Royal London Hospital fought for 40 minutes to save Karolina at 11.30pm on May 4, but she died in the hallway with a neck wound.

Tower Hamlets deputy mayor for housing Sirajul Islam said: “The council will always be sensitive and supportive towards those in need, particularly those in such difficult situations.

“Karolina’s murder was a tragic, senseless incident. We fully appreciate how difficult this must be for those who live where it took place and especially who witnessed it. This must be deeply distressing for them.”

A 23-year-old man has since been charged with Karolina’s murder and with wounding two others in the flat and has appeared at Thames Magistrates’ Court.

Latest East London News Stories

12:45

A campaign by parents to get children in Tower Hamlets reading early has led to a new school library being opened at Shadwell’s Bigland Green Primary.

11:46

A road safety campaign by pupils at a school in Bow has won backing from the mayor of Tower Hamlets.

Yesterday, 17:22

Police have begun using body cameras in Tower Hamlets with a mixed reception from the public.

Yesterday, 17:02

Patients at The Royal London and Mile End hospitals are facing cancelled appointments more than a week after their computer systems were hit by a cyber attack.

Yesterday, 13:20

Choirmaster Jonathan Pease is throwing the church doors open with champagne this spring bank holiday weekend for the public debut of the East London Evensong Choir he has set up on the Isle of Dogs.

Yesterday, 11:22

Today is the last day to register online so you can vote in the snap general election taking place on June 8.

Yesterday, 09:36

Hundreds of volunteers filled the moat of the Tower of London for the British Heart Foundation’s annual fundraiser.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

International hip-hop singer Cream turned up in east London last night to help raise cash for Macmillan Nurses charity at a packed Victoria pub at Mile End in memory of his best pal who died from cancer.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now