The man killed yesterday in an apartment fire in New Britain had a violent history. Police today identified him as 43-year-old Kevin Poznanski, and say he died of smoke inhalation in a fire that he had intentionally set.
Court records show Poznanski was found not guilty by reason of insanity of stabbing his mother, Mary Poznanski, to death in 1986, because he thought she was poisoning his food. He was 18 at the time, He also attacked his brother at the family’s home in New Britain.
He was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and substance abuse and was committed to the care of the Psychiatric Security Review board in 1987, and remained in the board’s custody for 22 years, living at Whiting Forensic Institute for about three years, then at less-restrictive facilities before being permitted to live independently in the community starting in 1997 under the Board’s supervision. Then, in 2009, the Board recommended and the Superior Court agreed Poznanski could be removed him from the care of the Board.
The four-oage 2009 report read in part, “He no longer represents a danger to himself or others as to require ongoing supervision by Board.”
Police say they do not know why he set the fire at the apartment on Clinic Drive.