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UPDATED WITH SENTENCE: Man jailed for murdering his partner on New Year's Day

|News, Violent crime

A man who smothered and battered his partner to death on New Year’s Day has been sentenced to life imprisonment.

Piotr Cichy, 49, was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court on 24 September 2020.

Piotr Cichy
Piotr Cichy

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said that Piotr Cichy, 49, murdered his partner of two years, Magdalena Pacult, 46, at their home  in Custley Hey, Stockbridge Village, Liverpool on 1 January 2020.

The victim’s daughter, Wiktoria Bartnik, then aged 16, found her mother’s bloody and battered body around 1.30pm on that day and called the police.

The mother and daughter had talked together into the early hours of New Year’s Day in the daughter’s bedroom. But when Wiktoria awoke around noon, her mother wasn’t there.

When she found her mother’s body on her bed, she made a terrified call to the police but tried to keep her voice down as she knew that Piotr Cichy was still in the house.

Officers were at the scene within six minutes of the call and placed themselves at both the front and back of the house. Cichy eventually answered the door and an officer escorted him into the kitchen while the other officer searched the house.

Magdalena’s body was found and Cichy was arrested. He denied that he killed her throughout the prosecution. He claimed that someone else had got into the house and committed the murder.

Yet evidence came to light that he had often been violent to Ms Pacult during their relationship.

Police also discovered that he had gone round to the home of some friends shortly after the murder with a bag containing his bloodied pyjamas and told them that he had killed Ms Pacult.

Senior Crown Prosecutor, Angie Rowan, of CPS Mersey Cheshire, said: “Piotr Cichy is a violent bully who subjected Magdalena Pacult to abuse throughout most of their relationship.

“He had a problem with drink and the violence towards Magdalena got worse when he drank. She had taken refuge in her daughter’s bedroom in the hours before she was killed.

"The details of what happened between her and Cichy in the hours leading up to the killing will probably never be known but the results of it were devastating.

“The Crown Prosecution Service applied to the court to allow Ms Pacult’s daughter to give her evidence prior to the trial away from the court to make the process less upsetting for her.

“These provisions are relatively new and allow for the evidence and cross-examination of a young or vulnerable victim to be pre-recorded and then shown to the jury during the trial.

“Ms Bartnik has already suffered a dreadful tragedy. We hope that the provisions we have made for her to  give her evidence in this way and the successful conclusion of this prosecution will go at least some way to helping her in the months and years ahead.

“The Crown Prosecution Service would like to pay tribute to her courage in helping us bring this prosecution.”

Notes to editors

  • Angie Rowan is the Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS Mersey Cheshire
  • Piotr Cichy was convicted of murder on 16 September 2020 and sentenced on 24 September 2020 to life imprisonment (serve a minimum term of 19 years) at Liverpool Crown Court

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