Couple found guilty of murdering four-year-old Daniel Pelka

31/07/2013

A mother and her partner have today been found guilty of the murder of her four-year-old son, Daniel Pelka, who died on 3 March 2012 in Coventry.

A jury at Birmingham Crown Court also found Magdelena Luczak, aged 27, and Mariusz Krezolek, 33, guilty of causing or allowing the death of a child and child cruelty.

Lisa Windridge, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service's Public Protection Unit, said:

"This has been an extremely harrowing case in which a young and defenceless child was starved and beaten to death by those who were supposed to have protected and cared for him.

"Daniel Pelka was a healthy four-year-old boy when he started his school in September 2011, but by the time he died seven months later, he was a gaunt frightened little boy who had gone through immense suffering which was inflicted on him by his own mother and her partner.

"Not only did Magdelena Luczak fail to protect Daniel from Mariusz Krezolek, but she also played an active role in her son's death. She knew exactly what Krezolek was doing to her son, but rather than seek help from her family or the authorities, she joined in the abuse. 

"Daniel would be locked in a box room with no bed and no toys, a room which he would also have to use as his toilet. Food was denied to him which resulted in him stealing food from other children in his class or scavenging food from the school dustbins. The abuse culminated when he suffered a blow to his head which ultimately led to his death, however, rather than seek medical assistance immediately, his mother and her partner waited 24 hours before they called the emergency services.  

"Today, justice has finally been achieved for Daniel and I would like to take this opportunity of thanking all of the witnesses who have given their evidence in this tragic case."