Lit­tle boy’s killer dis­cov­ered un­re­spon­sive in his prison cell

Warwickshire Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - Sam Dim­mer News Editor sam. dim­mer@ coven­try­tele­graph. net

THE STEP­FA­THER of mur­dered Coven­try school­boy Daniel Pelka has died in prison - six months af­ter the fouryear- old’s mother was found hang­ing in her cell.

Mar­iusz Kre­zolek was dis­cov­ered un­re­spon­sive in his cell at HMP Full Sut­ton in York­shire on Wed­nes­day morn­ing and pro­nounced dead shortly af­ter.

The 36- year- old’s part­ner Magde­lena Luczak, 29, who was con­victed of Daniel’s mur­der along­side him, died at HMP Fos­ton Hall last July.

A spokesman for the pris­ons ser­vice said: “HMP Full Sut­ton pris­oner Mar­iusz Kre­zolek was found un­re­spon­sive in his cell at 8.30am on Wed­nes­day 28 Jan­uary.

“Staff im­me­di­ately at­tempted re­sus­ci­ta­tion but he was pro­nounced dead shortly af­ter. As with all deaths in cus­tody, there will be an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the in­de­pen­dent Pris­ons & Pro­ba­tion Om­buds­man.”

Kre­zolek and Luczak mur­dered Daniel in March 2012.

Dur­ing his fi­nal months, he was de­nied food, forced to per­form pun­ish­ment ex­er­cises, con­fined in a locked box room, poi­soned with salt, and sub­jected to wa­ter tor­ture.

Daniel, who went to school in Foleshill, weighed just 1st 9lbs when he was found dead on an un­cov­ered mat­tress.

A judge at Birm­ing­ham Crown Court said that “unimag­in­able acts of cru­elty and bru­tal­ity” were in­flicted on the child.

His mother and Kre­zolek, both orig­i­nally from Poland, were con­victed of mur­der and sen­tenced to at least 30 years in jail in Au­gust 2013 af­ter blam­ing each other for the head in­jury which ulti- mately caused Daniel’s death.

In De­cem­ber 2014 three Court of Ap­peal judges threw out chal­lenges by the pair. They re­jected a bid by Kre­zolek to ap­peal against his mur­der con­vic­tion and dis­missed claims from both that their sen­tences were “ex­ces­sive”.

Dur­ing the trial jurors heard that Daniel was reg­u­larly “im­pris­oned” for pro- longed pe­ri­ods of time in a small, un­heated room at his home.

The door to the box room had been adapted by Kre­zolek so Daniel could not es­cape or even see out of the key­hole.

Pass­ing sen­tence in 2013, Mrs Jus­tice Cox said: “It is a par­tic­u­larly grave ag­gra­vat­ing fea­ture in this case that, be­fore the fa­tal blows to his head, Daniel was the vic­tim of chronic and sys­tem­atic star­va­tion.”

The med­i­cal ev­i­dence, the judge said, showed that Daniel’s ema­ci­a­tion was re­garded by ex­perts as “un­prece­dented” in Bri­tain. The trial also heard that Luczak, de­spite know­ing of Daniel’s hunger, gave spe­cific in­struc­tions to his teach­ers that he was not to eat any more food than his small packed lunch be­cause of an eat­ing dis­or­der.

Mar­iusz Kre­zolek sub­jected lit­tle Daniel Pelka to months of phys­i­cal abuse

Evil: Mar­iusz Kre­zolek

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