A HUDDERSFIELD woman who was buried alive in a cardboard box by her partner has described how she still has nightmares that he will return to kill her.
Marcin Kasprzak was found guilty today of attempting to murder Michelina Lewandowska, 27, by a jury which heard how he attacked her with a Taser and then bound and gagged her before burying her in a cardboard box in woodland near their home in Huddersfield.
After the case, Miss Lewandowska, who used her engagement ring to cut herself free, recalled how she thought she was going to die in her cardboard coffin.
In a statement, she said: “During my time inside my shallow grave where I was buried alive I feared that my life was at an end and I was going to die.
“I prayed to God to help me to survive so that I could look after my young son. The thought of my son gave me the strength to fight my way out of the box and save myself.”
Miss Lewandowska said: “For many years I loved Marcin Kasprzak very much. But after his horrific attack upon me my feelings towards him have turned to hatred.
“I still have nightmares that Marcin will come back to find me and kill me. My only hope is that he can accept that what he did to me was very wrong.
“I really hope that no one will ever experience what I went through on that day in May, at the hands of a man whom I loved and trusted.”
Miss Lewandowska was not in court today but she was praised for her “immense courage”.
Leeds Crown Court heard how Kasprzak used tape to bind and gag Miss Lewandowska after using the stun gun on her twice.
She then agreed to get inside the large cardboard box, which had originally been used to package a computer.
With help of his friend Patryk Borys, 18, Kasprzak then put the box in a car and drove it a couple of miles to woodland near Woodsome Hall Golf Club.
Miss Lewandowska, who was in the box for about an hour, was left in the ground under soil, leaves and a 40kg tree branch.
She told the court she used her engagement ring to cut herself free and pull the box apart then flagged down a passing motorist.
The court heard that Miss Lewandowska, who is Polish, was attacked by fellow Pole Kasprzak because their relationship had come to an end and he wanted their three-year-old son, Jakub.
Prosecutor Jonathan Sharp had told court: “In a nutshell, 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.”Related content
Kasprzak, of Penistone Road, Fenay Bridge, told the court he only meant to scare Miss Lewandowska and did not intend to kill her. He was found guilty of attempted murder after eight hours of deliberations by an 11-1 majority.
Borys, of Rashcliffe Hill Road, Lockwood, was cleared today of attempted murder. He did not give evidence during the trial.
Both men admitted kidnap at a previous hearing. Kasprzak also admitted possessing a prohibited weapon.
Judge Peter Collier told them they will be sentenced on January 13 and ordered a report to be prepared on Borys.
He said they both faced prison sentences and remanded them in custody.
Miss Lewandowska’s statement was read outside court by family liaison officer, Detective Constable Christine Freeman, who said the victim was “very happy that justice had been done”.
DC Freeman said the victim had no family in UK.
Detective Chief Inspector Lisa Griffin commended Miss Lewandowska for her bravery and described Kasprzak as “an unpleasant intimidator of vulnerable women”.
She said it had been proved the crime was not a “prank” but “a serious and determined attempt to end a young mother’s life”.
Ms Griffin said: “The victim in this terrifying ordeal demonstrated tremendous bravery and undoubtedly saved her own life by freeing herself from the box that Kasprzak had buried her in.
“Now that Kasprzak has been found guilty for attempting to murder her, I hope that this brave woman will be able to move on with her life.”
The detective continued: “Kasprzak has shown himself to have been an unpleasant intimidator of vulnerable woman and I am pleased that he is now behind bars where he belongs.”
Mr 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.”