Sunday, January 27, 2008

Polish killer jailed after extradition

Mariusz Szpyt served time in Poland for other violent offences
A Polish man has been jailed for life after he stabbed and hid the body of a fellow Polish national.
Mariusz Szpyt, 24, pleaded guilty at Birmingham Crown Court to the murder of Ryszhard Sawczyk on 18 October, 2005.

Mr Sawczyk, 32, disappeared after an incident in Rugby, Warwickshire. His body was later found in a car boot in a country lane near Taunton, Somerset.

A nationwide search was launched to find Szpyt who had fled to Poland. He was extradited last year.

Mr Sawczyk had been living in a house in Evans Road, Rugby, with Szpyt at the time of the incident.

Police believe Szpyt murdered him at that time although his body was not found until later.

Szpyt disappeared, probably driving away in Mr Sawczyk's left hand drive Golf car.

'Long and complicated'

The car was found abandoned in the country lane on 24 October. Mr Sawcyk's body was in the boot and a post-mortem examination revealed he died of a stab wound.

After the hearing Det Ch Inspector Adrian McGee said the case had been long and complicated.

"Szpyt was arrested in Poland less than six weeks after murdering Ryszard Sawczyk, as a direct result of information provided by Warwickshire Police," he said.

Officers tried to get him back to England but had to wait for him to serve a sentence for other violent offences.

He was sentenced to life with an order he serve a minimum of 11 years and eight months, taking into account time spent in custody in Poland and England.