Man sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Marta Ligman

27/11/2015

Tomasz Kocik, 38, was sentenced today to life imprisonment with a minimum of 18 and a half years at the Central Criminal Court for the murder of Marta Ligman, 23, earlier this year. The victim’s body was found in a suitcase floating in the Grand Union Canal in May.

Devi Kharran, CPS London reviewing lawyer, said: "Tomasz Kocik was described as a very controlling and possessive boyfriend and Marta had confided in friends that he had beaten her in the past.

"Kocik only reported Marta missing on 11th May, some time after he had last seen her and after stories in the media of a body found in the canal. Evidence showed that Kocik was actively covering up her death after she supposedly went missing and he told police he thought she had travelled home to Poland to see her family.

"This was a cold and calculated attempt to conceal his dreadful crime. Kocik continued to deny responsibility for Marta's murder throughout the trial and told terrible lies to try and explain her death.

"His cruel and callous actions only caused further pain and suffering to a family already completely devastated by their loss. I would like to thank Marta's family for their support of the prosecution, I hope that the sentence today can bring them some small comfort."