A MAN who kidnapped his ex-fiance and buried her in a box in woodland has described how he “flipped and lost his mind” and attacked her with a stun gun.
Marcin Kasprzak of Penistone Road, Fenay Bridge, is accused of attempting to kill Michelina Lewandowska, 27, by tying her up with parcel tape, placing her in a cardboard box and burying the box in a hole in woods near Woodsome Hall Golf Club.
He and co-acccused, Patryk Borys, 18, of Rashcliffe Hill Road, Thornton Lodge, deny attempted murder and say they were just trying to scare Miss Lewandowska.
Leeds Crown Court has already heard how Miss Lewandowska escaped from the box by cutting through the tape with her engagement ring.
She was then able to kick an “escape hatch” and wrestle her way out of her cardboard “coffin”, despite being covered by 10 centimetres of soil and a 40kg log.
Yesterday, giving evidence in English, Kasprzak, 26, said he had “just lost it” as he passed Miss Lewandowska in the hallway of the home they shared with his parents.
Kasprzak said he had bought the 300,000-volt stun gun in Poland a few months before for “protection” and had been routinely carrying it around in his jacket and bag.
He told the court he had not planned the attack but lost control moments before they were due to have a chat about their future, where he planned to ask her to move out.
He said the stun gun had been in his jacket and he had pulled it out and pressed it to Miss Lewandowska’s neck for a split second, causing her to fall to the ground.
He said: “Patryk was shocked, I was shocked, I’ve never done something like that in my life.
“I looked at Patryk and he was frightened. I didn’t know what to do, he didn’t know what to do.
“What crossed my mind was to get tape and to tie her up. I don’t know why I thought that.
“I thought if I can tie her up and pack her stuff and let her out she would be gone.”
When asked why he had flipped out, he said the rage had been caused by an accumulation of stress caused by the alleged mistreatment of his son, Jakub, by Miss Lewandowska.
He also said he feared she would take his son away as she had been asking about a passport and appeared to be saving up for something.
Under questioning from his own counsel, Julian Goose QC, Kasprzak said he had heard Miss Lewandowska using bad language around his three-year-old many times.
He said: “What she was doing wasn’t really what mothers should do with their child.”
“Do you think she was a good mum?” asked Mr Goose.
“No, and that’s why I broke off the engagement,” said Kasprzak.
“Did you discuss your concerns with how she was with your son?”, asked Mr Goose.
Kasprzak: “Every week, I kept asking her to seek help, obviously psychological.
“I suspected she had post-natal depression.”
But Kasprzak said Miss Lewandowska ignored his pleas and he was forced to split up with her.He said on the day of the attack, he had planned to tell her to move out and had invited Borys over to the house as a witness in case Miss Lewandowska accused him of something. “What changed?” asked Mr Goose.
Said Kasprzak: “The thing that caused me to lose my mind was what Jakub told me.
“My son told me his mother was scaring him. He said she was putting a shirt over her head and pretending to be a ghost, scaring him and telling him that ghosts were in the wardrobe.”
Kasprzak said as he used the stun gun on Miss Lewandowska, he had also caught her as she fell to the floor.
He said he then told Borys to go get some tape from upstairs. He said he had been straddling her on the floor and when Borys returned he had automatically begun to bind her ankles.
He had then taped her wrists and gagged her himself.
Kasprzak said Miss Lewandowska soon began calling out as she had managed to remove her gag. He said he talked with her for over an hour and made her more comfortable by loosening her bindings and getting her a cushion from the armchair and food. Sometime later Kasprzak’s father returned home and he said this is when he decided to place her in the old computer box to hide her.
He said he wrapped the tape around her head three times to gag her mouth, but insisted she could still breathe.
And he said during their conversation he had pleaded with her not to implicate Borys to the police but she had refused and so he felt he had to scare her.
He said at first he intended to take her to Oldham where she worked, but as he was driving past Woodsome Hall Golf Club he noticed the isolated woods and decided to leave her there.
He admitted to the jury that he had piled leaves, soil and the log on Miss Lewandowska but said he was “shocked” when he saw police photographs of the entombed box and claimed he had not buried it so deep or left the full weight of the log on it.
He also told the court that the reason he had put the large log on the box was as a “marker” so he could find it when he came back to free Miss Lewandowska at a later time.
But he admitted that he did not go back before he was arrested at 3.45am the next day.
Earlier the court heard how Borys initially denied being involved in the attack and told officers he was “100% sure” his fingerprints would not be found.
He later admitted kidnap after his prints were found on the tape and the box.
The case continues.
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