Man pleads guilty to killing his partner

18/04/2016

A 43-year-old man has today pleaded guilty at Wolverhampton Crown Court to murdering his partner who was found stabbed to death in the house which they shared in Tipton.

In 2010, the defendant, Cezary Sobiewski, moved to the United Kingdom from America in order to live with the victim, Barbara Baraniecka.

Prior to her death, Ms Baraniecka had informed the defendant that she intended to end their relationship and had confided in her friends that she had concerns about his increased alcohol consumption.

On 12 November 2015, the victim's daughter returned home from work and noticed damage to the doors and a knife on the landing. As she entered her mother's bedroom, she found her body on the bed covered in blood. The defendant had stabbed Ms Baraniecka numerous times causing her to suffer fatal injuries.

The emergency services were called, but Ms Baraniecka was declared dead at the scene.

The defendant was arrested by the police at the scene and later charged with the murder of his partner. Following the guilty plea today, His Honour Judge Wait adjourned the case until the 19 April when the defendant will be sentenced.

Emily Lenham, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"A month before her death, Barbara Baraniecka told Cezary Sobiewski that she wanted to end their relationship. He was unable to accept this decision and he waited until the victim was alone in the house before launching a sustained and brutal attack on her.

"The attack was extremely violent; Ms Baraniecka was stabbed a total of 13 times. This was an incident of domestic violence of the highest severity which sadly had tragic consequences for Ms Baraniecka.

"The defendant showed no remorse for his actions and has today pleaded guilty to a truly horrendous crime. The Crown Prosecution Service has worked closely with the West Midlands Police since this investigation began and as a result of the hard work and diligence of the whole prosecution team, a just outcome has been achieved.

"Our thoughts are today with the family and friends of Ms Baraniecka."