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Tuesday 26 September 2017

20 years for dad who buried his girlfriend alive

A man who attempted to murder his girlfriend by burying her alive in a cardboard box has been jailed for 20 years.

Marcin Kasprzak (26) attacked Michelina Lewan-dowska with a Taser, bound and gagged her and buried her under soil, leaves and an 88lb tree branch in woodland near their home in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England.

Miss Lewandowska (27) escaped from the box after around an hour by using her engagement ring to cut herself free.

Kasprzak, of Penistone Road, was found guilty of attempted murder yesterday. His friend Patryk Borys (18) of Rashcliffe Hill Road, Huddersfield, who helped in the kidnap, was cleared of attempted murder.



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Both men admitted kidnap at a previous hearing. Kasprzak also admitted possessing a prohibited weapon.

Judge Peter Collier told a court in Leeds: "It was your intention that she should not be found and it was your intention that she would die there.

"The death you intended would have been long and slow. It is mind-numbingly awful to imagine the sort of death you intended her to die."

Borys was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in a young offenders institute for his part in the kidnap. Judge Collier said that Kasprzak, who is Polish, "became unhappy" with fellow Pole Miss Lewandowska and wanted their three-year-old son, Jakub, who he thought was not being treated properly by his mother.

He said: "The problem you faced was that she would not go willingly and leave your child with you and your mother. So it was that you formed a plan to get rid of her."

The judge told the court how Kasprzak used a Taser to stun Miss Lewandowska before he and Borys bound her feet with tape and gagged her.

The pair kept her tied up in the house for around six hours before they put her into the cardboard box, taped it up and drove to a deserted wood where Kasprzak buried her.

Judge Collier described how Kasprzak and Borys then used Miss Lewandowska's bank card to withdraw £500 from a cash machine.

He said: "Fortunately, she escaped. Her raw determination to survive for the sake of your son is undoubtedly what saved her."

The victim has described how she still has nightmares.

In a statement after the trial, she said: "During my time inside my shallow grave where I was buried alive I feared that my life was at an end and I was going to die.

"I prayed to God to help me to survive so that I could look after my young son. The thought of my son gave me the strength to fight my way out of the box and save myself.

"For many years I loved Marcin Kasprzak very much. But after his horrific attack upon me my feelings towards him have turned to hatred."

Neither Kasprzak and Borys showed any emotion as they were sentenced.

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