Marcin Kasprazak Guilty of Attempted Murder of Ex-Fiancee

19/12/2011

Jonathan Sharp, Principal Crown Advocate for Crown Prosecution Service Yorkshire and Humberside said:

"This was a heartless and calculated crime from which Michelina was extremely lucky to escape with her life.

 "No-one involved in this prosecution could fail to have been impressed by Michelina's bravery and determination, and we would like to take this opportunity to pay public tribute to the immense courage she has shown.

 "Not only has Michelina survived her unimaginable ordeal, but she has also been determined throughout to see justice done. We were able to put special arrangements in place so that Michelina was able to give her evidence while screened from the defendants, and had the assistance of an interpreter. It is in no small part due to her commitment to this prosecution, including her willingness to give evidence at some length in this trial, that we have been able to bring this case to a successful conclusion.

 "The defendant has now been found guilty of attempted murder, and he and Patryk Borys have both pleaded guilty to kidnap.  Marcin Kasprazak has also pleaded guilty to possession of a prohibited weapon. We hope that this is some small comfort to Michelina, and that she may now be able to begin rebuilding her life."