Shallow grave woman tells court she was certain she would die
Published 07/12/2011 | 17:32
A WOMAN who was buried alive in a cardboard box by her boyfriend told a jury today that she was sure he was going to kill her.
Michelina Lewandowska, 27, has told Leeds Crown Court that she was in the box for an hour in total and was left inside it in a wood for half this time before managing to escape.
Yesterday, she described how she prayed to God as she struggled to get out and used her engagement ring to free herself.
The jury has heard that she was placed in the box by her partner, Marcin Kasprzak, 25, after he had attacked her with a Taser stun gun at their home in Huddersfield and then bound and gagged her with tape.
Today, Miss Lewandowska told the court: "I am sure that he was going to kill me."
Julian Goose QC, for Kasprzak, suggested to her that his client had only ever intended to scare her and reminded her that the box she was put in had two hand holes through which she could breathe.
Miss Lewandowska said: "I can tell you now that they (the holes) were not left specially or intentionally for me to live."
Kasprzak is on trial with another man, Patryk Borys, 18, charged with attempted murder.
Prosecutors have told the court that Miss Lewandowska was attacked by Kasprzak because their relationship had come to an end and he wanted their three-year-old son, Jakub.
After Tasering her and taping her hands and feet, she was placed in the boot of a car by the two men and driven to the wood.
They buried the box in a shallow grave with a tree branch placed on top.
But she managed to escape and flagged down a passing motorist.
Miss Lewandowska, who is Polish and spoke through an interpreter, described how she managed to pull the box apart and get out.
Prosecutors have told the jury: "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."
Kasprzak and Borys deny attempted murder. Both are Polish.
Cross-examining Miss Lewandowska, Mr Goose said: "We accept what happened to you that day, that night, was very frightening. You were made to feel very scared and we don't dispute that a Taser was used on you, that your wrists and your ankles were taped and, at times, there was tape to your mouth.
"We don't dispute either that you were put into that box and that you were taken to that scene.
"Let me be clear.
"We say that the intention was to scare you - to frighten you off, leaving Jakub behind. And it was not with the intention to kill you."
Miss Lewandowska told the court how the Taser attack left her with a red mark on her neck and for two weeks after the incident "I couldn't normally breathe, I couldn't normally move, I couldn't sleep."
She told the jury how she tried to tear the box apart using her shoulders as she tried to breathe the oxygen left inside the box.
"At first I only took out my hand, being afraid that Marcin could hit me with the spade," she said.
"Then I took out my whole arm to the elbow.
"I started to feel about - to feel what was on the box."
David Hatton QC, for Borys, asked Miss Lewandowska about his client's involvement in the incident on May 28.
She said: "I'm not blaming Patryk for anything that happened.
"I think he was deceived in the same way that I was.
"He was not fully aware of the things Marcin was going to do."
The trial was later adjourned until Friday.