Mur­der mum’s fight for change

Elsie turns up Home Of­fice heat

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Will Hen­shaw

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.”

You can con­tact Elsie at elsie1234@hot­

Bat­tling on Elsie Guidici with a pic­ture of son Mark

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