Four men found guilty of the killing of Tomasz Bachta


Four men have today been found guilty of the killing of Tomasz Bachta who was stabbed to death in a brutal revenge attack outside his home in Burton-upon-Trent last year.

In a trial lasting for 10 weeks, a jury at Stafford Crown Court heard how the 29-year-old victim had fallen out with the defendants and that a feud had developed between the parties.

During the early hours of 15 July 2015, the victim left his place of work at the Tesco distribution centre in Fradley and drove home.

Waiting for him in a Fiat Ducato van and a Mazda 323 car were Piotr Miezal, 33; Stanislaw Czyz, 29; Bartosz Ojeda-Rodriguez, 35 and Andrzej Czyz, 32. They were armed and all wearing masks.

As Mr Bachta parked his car, the four defendants got out of their vehicles and attacked him; stabbing him in the neck causing him a fatal injury.

Following a police investigation, a scythe was recovered from the scene of the attack. The defendants were later identified and masks, similar to those worn by the attackers, were recovered from addresses connected with the defendants.

The masks, DNA recovered from the murder weapon and other forensic evidence found at the scene linked the defendants to the murder. Evidence obtained from analysis of their mobile phones showed them to have been in contact with one another in the moments before and after the attack.

They were subsequently arrested and Stanislaw Czyz, Andrzej Czyz and Bartosz Ojeda-Rodriguez were convicted of Tomasz Bachta's murder. Piotr Miezal was found not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter. The defendants will be sentenced on 15th April.

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

"Tomasz Bachta knew some of the defendants and had, in the past, been a friend of theirs. Following a disagreement between the group, a violent feud developed. 

This culminated in Mr Bachta being ambushed outside his home on 15 July 2015 in a planned and well executed cold-blooded attack with weapons that were not just designed to scare, but to kill.

"Following the murder, the defendants made attempts to cover their tracks by burning their clothes and claiming to the police that they were at home in bed, or elsewhere at the time of the incident. However, following a thorough and wide-reaching investigation by Staffordshire Police, the Crown was able to prove that the defendants were lying about their whereabouts and were the perpetrators of the attack upon Mr Bachta.

"The Crown Prosecution Service has worked closely with the 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 of Tomasz Bachta."