Piotr Naja jailed for killing his sister-in-law

22/04/2013

A 33-year-old man was today sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for the manslaughter of his sister-in-law at the flat that they shared with his wife in West Bromwich.

Piotr Naja had first assaulted his wife and then the victim, his sister-in-law, Beata Hausner, on 13 May 2012 and then lied to the emergency services as to how they had suffered their injuries in order to cover up what he had done.

The victim died two days later at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital from her head injuries.

Angela Chapman, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"This conviction and subsequent sentence should stand as a strong deterrent to those who perpetrate domestic violence that abusers can still face prosecution ever if the victim makes no complaint.

"Piotr Naja was married to the victim's sister Ewa and they all shared a flat in West Bromwich along with their four-year-old son.

"On the night of the attack, they all had attended a house party and the adults had all consumed alcohol. On returning to their home, Naja and his wife became involved in a heated argument. Beata Hausner intervened to help her sister who had been a victim of domestic abuse and demanded that they leave the home.  The defendant took exception to this.  During the continued argument, the defendant proceeded to assault Beata by striking her to the face.  She was next seen by her sister slumped at the bottom of the internal stairs.

"The victim was able to get herself up and retreated to her room.  She came downstairs a little later only for the argument with the defendant to start again. It was at this point that he slapped the victim to the side of the face in the presence of his friend. She ran into the living room and Naja followed her, grabbed her by the hair, and slapped her again with force. He was eventually dragged off her by his friend.

"The victim was clearly hurt and unable to move, but rather than call for the emergency services, Naja left her slumped at the bottom of the stairs. It was some 24 hours before the victim's sister placed a 999 call that Ms Hausner was found in an upstairs bedroom by the emergency services.

"Ms Hausner was found unconscious in the flat and she was taken to hospital, but two days after being assaulted she would succumb to her injuries. To hide what he had done, Naja lied to the paramedics that the victim had drunk copious amounts of alcohol and she had fallen down some external metal stairs. He threw away his ripped t-shirt in an effort to minimise the scale of what had happened that night. A medical report would show that Beata Hausner had sustained a significant head trauma which was considered non-accidental.

"A murder investigation was launched and Naja was arrested and charged. The Prosecution, led by Debi Gould and Aliya Rashid from West Midlands CPS, proceeded to trial at Wolverhampton Crown Court on counts of manslaughter and assault occasioning actual bodily harm. 

"Despite the fact that Ewa could not remember the attack or describe the assaults, a jury unanimously convicted Piotr Naja of all matters."