Friday, August 21, 2009

Polish man living in Bradford on the run

Two men – one a fugitive from justice – have been jailed for a total of 16 years for a savage and humiliating attack on a defenceless man in his home.

Rafal Kamil Krajewski, 31, was sentenced to nine years’ imprisonment after being tried in his absence at Bradford Crown Court.

A European Arrest Warrant is out for Krajewski after he jumped court bail last Christmas.

West Yorkshire Police believe he may be in Poland after he was allowed home for the festive season.

Grzegorz Holubowicz, 29, who turned up for the trial, was jailed for seven years.

Both men denied unlawfully and maliciously wounding fellow countryman Artur Wojtowicz on February 17, 2007.

It took the jury just minutes today to find the pair guilty.

The judge, Recorder Jonathan Sandiford, branded Krajewski the ringleader in a vicious and unprovoked attack on Mr Wojtowicz, who was living at Newforth Grove, Bowling, Bradford.

The court heard that Mr Wojtoicz was struck with a bottle, stabbed with a kitchen knife and stabbed in a two-hour orgy of violence.

As a final act of humiliation, he was urinated on, the jury heard.

Krajewski, who was living on Manningham Lane, Bradford, was said to have wielded the bottle.

Mr Wojtoicz does not know why Krajewski and Holubowicz, of Parsonage Road, Tyersal, Bradford, set about him.

The pair pretended they had come round for a friendly drink, the court heard.

Mr Wojtoicz, in his mid-forties, suffered multiple injuries including stab wounds to his shoulder and hand and stamping injuries that left a shoe imprint on his back.

After the attack, he was dragged to his bathroom, made to wash his wounds and ordered not to report the matter to the police.

After the case, Mr Wojtoicz said: “It has been a long wait but I am happy today that justice has been done.”

Detective Constable Julia Tiplady, of Bradford South CID, said: “I am relieved for the victim that he has now received a conclusion. The sentences reflect the serious nature of the offence. Both the victim and the police are pleased with the result of this case.”