A TERRIFIED woman was buried alive in Huddersfield woodland by her partner – because he was bored of her.
But miraculously, Michelina Lewandowska, 27, managed to escape from her shallow grave near Woodsome Hall Golf Club a court heard.
And now her former partner Marcin Kasprzak, of Penistone Road, Fenay Bridge, and his friend Patryk Borys, of Rashcliffe Hill Road, Lockwood, stand accused of attempting to kill her.
The Polish men appeared at Leeds Crown Court yesterday.
Kasprzak, 25, – who has a three-year-old son Jakub with Miss Lawandowska – and Borys, 18, both deny trying to kill her and say they only tried to scare her.
Jonathan Sharp QC, prosecuting, told the court: “This case is about a young man who got bored with his partner, the mother of his child, and he decided to get rid of her”.
Mr Sharp said that on May 28 this year Kasprzak and Borys tried to kill Miss Lawandowska by burying her alive.
He said first Kasprzak shot the mother of his child twice in the neck with a Taser stun gun and then, along with Borys, gagged and bound her wrists and ankles with tape before bundling her into a cardboard box.
They then put the box in the boot of Kasprzak’s car and drove her to the woods, off Woodside Road, where they dug a shallow grave and buried her alive – using shovels already stored in the car.
Mr Sharp said: “Kasprzak was abusing her as they did so, telling her how long he had hated her, that it would be better for her to go away, and leave Jakub with him and his mother and that she would never see them again.
“They carried Michelina, sealed in the box, up the hill, placed her in the hole and then piled earth both around and on top of the box.
“They found a large branch, weighing some 40kg (6st 4lbs) and placed it across the box.”
The prosecution said that Michelina had been aware of what was going on, but was too terrified of saying anything because of fear of what might happen.
Mr Sharp said: “And so she had not uttered a sound or made a move. And that meant, so far as Kasprzak and Borys knew, she was already unconscious.”
Leaving her there, the pair then drove to Morrison’s supermarket in Waterloo where they used her bank card to draw £500 from the cash machine.
Mr Sharp said: “Against all odds and against expectations, she managed to escape and raise the alarm.
“Michelina was not unconscious and she was able, although with great difficulty, to get herself out of the box and the earth covering and surrounding it.
“She was, as you might expect, unable to move properly for a long time.”
But the terrified woman made it down to the roadside where driver Dan Brockley saw her and stopped to help.
Miss Lawandowska and the two defendants are all from Poland and had been living in Huddersfield for some years.
Miss Lawandowska lived with Kasprzak and his parents Marzanna and Andrej on Penistone Road.
Mr Sharp said: “Marcin and Michelina had a good relationship for a time. But then in late 2007, Michelina fell pregnant and things changed. And when Jakub was born in 2008 they moved in with Marcin’s parents and things did not improve.”
The court heard how Kasprzak’s mother Marzanna disapproved of the way Michelina looked after the couple’s son Jakub and his father, Andrej, drank heavily .
When Michelina restarted work as a mender in Oldham after her maternity leave, the family members all took it in turns to look after Jakub.
Mr Sharp said: “She and Marcin saw little of each other and began leading almost separate lives. Any affection they had was replaced, for Marcin, by hate.
“And Marcin, in any case, was bored by his partner. He told her that she wasn’t as good-looking as the girls he saw at the gym.”
Mr Sharp said Kasprzak would go out and stay out all night with friends – leaving his partner alone with the child.
He said Kasprzak changed his Facebook status to “single” and started an affair with another Polish woman, Jenna Jasek.
“And around this time it seems the idea became rooted in Marcin Kasprak that the way forward for him was that he and his mother should look after his son, and that one way or another, Michelina should be got out of the way,” said Mr Sharp.
“And that idea developed into him thinking that the only way of getting rid of her was to kill her.”
The court were told that on the day in question Kasprzak had asked his boss for the day off.
He arranged that he and his partner would be in the house that day – but that his parents would be out with Jakub.
He told his mother that Miss Lewandowska had eventually made her mind up to leave, but they needed to talk it through.
The previous night he spent with Jenna Jasek.
The next day he and Borys attacked Miss Lawandowska.
When interviewed by police, Kasprzak made no comment.
Borys told them he had not even seen his friend’s partner that night.
Mr Sharp said: “And now that the investigation is complete, I understand that neither Kasprzk nor Borys will now challenge that each of them was involved, in the way that I have outlined and in the attacks that ended in her being buried alive.
“What happened on that night of Saturday, May 28, will not be disputed by either of them.
“What each defendant does dispute is whether he did intend that night to kill Michelina Lewandowska.”
Today, the jury will hear evidence from Miss Lawandowska.
The case continues.