Sunday 21 January 2018

Woman who was buried alive in shallow grave relives ordeal in court

Alistair Keely

A MOTHER who was buried alive in a cardboard box today described how she was allegedly attacked with a Taser and bound and gagged by her partner, who told her he hated her.

Michelina Lewandowska, 27, said she feared she was going to pass out as she was attacked with the stun gun in the home she shared with fellow Pole Marcin Kasprzak.

Leeds Crown Court has heard how Miss Lewandowska was driven in the boot of a car to the countryside and buried in a shallow grave with a large branch placed on top.

She escaped and managed to flag down a passing motorist.

Kasprzak, 25, with whom she has a three-year-old son, is on trial with another man Patryk Borys, 18, charged with attempted murder.

Miss Lewandowska told the jury she was grabbed by her partner and forced to the floor on May 28 this year.

She described a sensation of being "kicked" as the Taser was applied to her neck.

She said: "I was trying to push him away. He was using this Taser. He managed to turn me over onto my side, onto my right side.

"He knelt down, he pressed my ribs with his knee and continued to use the Taser."

She said she feared she would lose consciousness and would not be able to remember the attack.

She added: "I think it lasted between five to 10 minutes. He said not to be afraid, that everything will be all right."

She said Borys, 18, assisted in restraining her legs with tape, which was also applied to her wrists and mouth.

Asked if she could move, she replied: "It was not easy as I was tied up. The only thing I could move was my head, which was also tied up with the tape."

She described how her partner knelt down and said he had "hated me for four years".

She described how her partner also mentioned a "secret house" and how she was not going to see him or her son again.

The witness described how her hands started turning blue during her ordeal.

"I was sitting there for one, two, maybe three hours, all the time thinking why his family is not there? Why his mother is not around to see what her son is doing?"

She described how she was placed in a cardboard box, adding: "He said to me to lie down as he needed to close it and stick the box up."

Yesterday, Jonathan Sharp prosecuting said: "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 both deny attempted murder.

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