Murder mum’s fight for change
Elsie turns up Home Office heat
A Rutherglen mother whose son was murdered by a Polish national has again called for more checks to be made on people moving here.
And she wants other families in her position to come forward.
Elsie Guidici’s son Mark was murdered by Marek Kepczynski in June 2013.
The pair met at a party in Toryglen, at which former Castlemilk High pupil Mark, who worked in Poland, translated for Kepczynski.
Kepczynski punched father- of- one Mark, kicked and stamped on his head before strangling him. The 46-year-old was sentenced to at least 14 years in January last year for the gruesome crime.
Following Kepczynski’s conviction, Elsie tracked down the Pole’s girlfriend who claimed he had been in jail THREE TIMES in his homeland.
Elsie (62), of Skye Road, said: “The Home Office have said there are checks done but it’s only after someone commits a crime, not when someone comes in to the country.
“So many people have been affected by this, something needs to be done and
proper checks need to be done. I am not against immigration, I just want background checks to stop dangerous criminals coming in to the country.”
Mark worked as a forklift driver and also spent time working in tree farming on the continent where he learned Polish.
Elsie said: “Mark had loads of Polish friends.
“He was such a likable person and he liked everyone. He was always smiling.
“It was just such a senseless crime. And it’s been the same in a few instances.”
Elsie, however, said experiences like hers should not be used as an excuse for the UK not to accept Syrian refugees. She said: “I feel so sorry for those people, that’s a very different situation.
“These are people coming from a war zone who want to work.”
Elsie has taken her case up with Margaret Ferrier MP who has advised her to start a group to take the case to the Home Office.
Last year, she started an online petition, calling for tougher checks on immigrants coming in to the UK. After the petition gained 800 signatures, she presented it to Tom Greatrex, the former MP for Rutherglen, who raised the issue in Parliament.
She also organised a march in Queen’s Park to raise awareness of the issue.
Elsie said: “I would like anyone who feels strongly on this issue to please get in touch with me.”
Margaret Ferrier MP said: “Whilst I welcome the fact that people choose to live and work in the UK, it is important that the authorities are aware of any criminal histories.
“Those with a criminal record, and in particular with violent convictions, should not simply be able to move to another country to escape their past. Measures must be in place to stop this happening.”
A Ho m e Office spokesperson said: “People entering the UK are checked against a range of police, security and immigration databases for details of any UK or known overseas criminal record.”
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Battling on Elsie Guidici with a picture of son Mark