Perth teen appears on murder charge

© Stuart Cowper
The taped off area at Wallace Court.

A Perth teenager has appeared at court accused of murdering a man during a Christmas dinner party.

Jakub Kmieciak is said to have stabbed victim Rafal Rymarkiewicz to death with a knife at a flat in the city on Saturday evening.

Police officers had been called to a flat in the city’s Wallace Court shortly before 11pm on December 23 following reports of a disturbance.

They discovered Mr Rymarkiewicz, 34, within a property there. He had suffered serious injuries and urgent medical attention was called for.

He was taken by ambulance to hospital where medics were unable to save his life and he was pronounced dead in the early hours of Christmas Eve.

Streets in Perth’s Tulloch area were cordoned-off as a murder investigation began and CID officers arrived.

The Force’s major investigation team took charge of the operation, with the activity leaving many local people shocked and scared.

Senior police officers were moved to reassure the local community there was no threat to the wider public and the incident had been “contained”.

Within hours, Police Scotland reported a 19-year-old man had been detained and then charged in connection with the incident.

Kmieciak appeared in private at the city’s sheriff court on Wednesday on a petition alleging murder.

The Crown alleges that he assaulted Mr Rymarkiewicz and struck him on the body with a knife and murdered him at an address in Wallace Court on December 23.

Kmieciak, of Malcolm Court in Perth, made a brief appearance before Sheriff Gillian Wade to confirm his name and address, through an interpreter.

He made no plea or declaration and had his case continued for further examination.

No application was made for bail and the teen was remanded in custody.

He will remain in Perth Prison until a second court appearance in the New Year.