Pros­ti­tute killer jailed for ‘cal­lous and bru­tal’ crime

Dad of three who had botched op­er­a­tion given a life sen­tence

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Goolis­tan Cooper goolis­tan.cooper@trin­i­tymir­

AN Uxbridge dad-ofthree who nearly de­cap­i­tated a pros­ti­tute has been sen­tenced to life im­pris­on­ment for her mur­der.

Michael Wen­ham will serve a min­i­mum 26 years be­hind bars for what a judge at Read­ing Crown Court de­scribed as a ‘cal­lous and bru­tal’ killing.

The trial heard he had been com­ing down from med­i­ca­tion from a botched pe­nis en­large­ment op­er­a­tion in the United States when he at­tacked Pol­ish sex worker Karolina Nowikiewicz, 25, at a flat in Slough in Fe­bru­ary last year.

He phoned po­lice and his wife to con­fess to the killing, but in court de­nied mur­der and ad­mit­ted to man­slaugh­ter on the grounds of di­min­ished re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

But af­ter a jury found him guilty on Wed­nes­day, a judge said 36-year-old Wen­ham may never be re­leased from the pri­son, be­fore adding: “You must have car­ried out this dread­ful mur­der in or­der to gain some sadis­tic plea­sure or from it.”

Dur­ing the eight-day trial, it emerged the IT con­sul­tant, who lived in Colling­wood Road, had taken his wife to a

sat­is­fac­tion swingers party and fan­ta­sised over her hav­ing sex with larger-en­dowed men.

He had un­der­gone pe­nis en­large­ment surgery which went wrong and left him with a much re­duced man­hood.

Much of the ev­i­dence cen­tred on Wen­ham’s men­tal state at the time of the bru­tal attack, with psy­chol­o­gists for both the pros­e­cu­tion and de­fence de­bat­ing whether the drugs he had taken fol­low­ing his botched op­er­a­tion could have led to homi­ci­dal ten­den­cies.

He had pur­chased a Stan­ley knife, bags and gloves from a Screw­fix in West Dray­ton on the day of the attack, on Fe­bru­ary 17, be­fore killing stu­dent Miss Nowikiewicz, who had turned to pros­ti­tu­tion to pay for her stud­ies.

In a state­ment re­leased af­ter the guilty ver­dict, the vic­tim’s fam­ily said: “Karolina should be alive. She had the right to live, how­ever some­one, Michael Wen­ham, took that choice away from her.

“Her death has brought great sor­row to her fam­ily. Karolina wanted to live, yet she will never get a chance to.”

n GREAT SOR­ROW: The fam­ily of mur­dered pros­ti­tute Karolina Nowikiewicz have spo­ken of their sad­ness at

her death

n JAILED: Michael Wen­ham

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