Man jailed for stabbing wife to death - Hemel Hempstead

24/04/2013

A Polish man who stabbed his wife to death in her bedroom was today, Wednesday, 24 April 2013, jailed for life for her murder.

Judge Stephen Gullick sentenced Miroslav Wosik, 42, to a minimum of 18 years in jail after he was convicted at St Albans Crown Court of killing Bernadeta Jakubszyk.

The jury of ten men and two women heard how Wosik's son Daniel ran up the stairs to find his stepmother dead on her bed and his father sitting beside her. The 18-year-old said his father told him: "Call the police, let them arrest me."

Bernadeta, 30, was stabbed to death at her home in The Wye, Hemel Hempstead, Herts in the early hours of 28 May last year.  The couple's two daughters, aged eight and six, were asleep in the house at the time.

The killing happened after Wosik had travelled south from his home in Galashiels in Scotland to visit his family. He had moved out of the family home weeks earlier when their marriage hit difficulties.

Ann Evans, prosecuting for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) told the court the couple had been together for some eight years, having first met in Italy where they were working. Wosik and Bernadeta, who was also Polish, moved to England in search of a "good life" and set up home in Hemel Hempstead.

The defendant had been previously married and his son Daniel by that marriage came to live with him and Bernadeta when he was 15 at the three story town house style property. Also living there was a cousin of the wife who noticed the relationship between Bernadeta and her husband wasn't good.

The jury were told the defendant told his son that Bernadeta had a boyfriend and was always going out with friends.

By March of last year, Miroslav Wosik had moved out of the family home and travelled to Galashiels where he found a job in a machine factory and accommodation in Beech Avenue in the town.

In the weeks that followed, he made two trips back to see his family before the final one on 26 May  last year.

The court then heard how, on Sunday, 27 May, Daniel went out for the evening, returning home around midnight. He made himself something to eat and drink before going to his bedroom which was on the ground floor. Giving evidence he told the jury: "I woke up about 3 o'clock with really loud lady's screaming like you hear in a scary movie." He said he quickly pulled on a t-shirt and ran upstairs to the master bedroom where his father and stepmother were.

"I stopped in front of the door, I heard a choking sound. I was in shock and I couldn't step into the room," he told the jury.

He went on: "Because of the light from outside I could see my dad sitting on the bed and a little bit of her laying down. She was half on the bed and half on the ground facing down. My dad was rocking forwards and backwards. He said 'Call the police - let them arrest me."

He said he got his mobile phone and called the police before stepping outside the house to wait for their arrival.

Daniel said the police were quickly on the scene and he took officers inside and then to the master bedroom. He said it was then that he noticed his father had a wound to his stomach and his "insides were coming out."

The jury were told the wife was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mrs Evans said she had died from two deep stab wounds which had punctured her right lung. She bore cuts to her hands and forearms indicating she had put up a fight to try and ward off the blows and she had been stabbed once in the head.

The knife used was found under the couple's bed and the prosecution say the defendant used it to inflict the wound to his own stomach.

The prosecutor said that the jury could conclude that by the time of her death Bernadeta was getting her life back together and meeting up with her Polish friends.

"This was obviously too much for the defendant to bear and he took the ultimate revenge on her," she said.

His barrister Mark Wyeth QC told the jury that Wosik could not recall what happened that night. "His brain won't allow him to remember," he said.

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