Five men were today (15 Apr) convicted of killing a drug dealer who was asleep with his girlfriend when a gang wearing hoodies burst into their Bedford flat.
Przemyslaw Golimowski was fatally stabbed and beaten with a golf club in front of his girlfriend Anna Swierczynska, after he had stolen drugs and cash from 20-year-old Delpierro Mothersill.
Mothersill from Salcombe Close, Bedford; Taleb Hussain, 31, Park Road, Sparkhill Birmingham and Damien Rooney, 25, of Magpie Gardens, Wixams, Bedford were all convicted of murder by a jury majority of 11 to 1.
Jamil Jeng, 21, of The Close, Clapham was cleared of murder but convicted unanimously of manslaughter. Philip Mendy, 23, of Russet Close, Bedford was cleared of murder, but convicted of manslaughter by a majority of 10 to 2.
The jury took less than 12 hours to come to their decision.
During the six week trial at Luton Crown Court, the jury of six men and six women heard gruesome details of the attack.
The Polish-born couple were in bed in their St Mary’s Street flat on September 28 last year when Ms Swierczynska said she was awoken at 2am by the sound of “voices” in the kitchen.
She roused her 30-year-old boyfriend, who was sleeping beside her saying: “He got up to see what was going on and then they attacked him.”
“They just attacked him with knives. I saw blood dripping off him.”
She jumped out of bed to get a bayonet in its sheath that was on a wall. She removed it from its sheath but one of the three warned her saying: “Are you sure you want to do this?”
Ms Swierczynska said it left her “terrified” and she dropped the knife to the floor.
One of the three, she said, had armed himself with a golf club that was already in the flat.
She said she found herself with the three in front of her and with her boyfriend behind her, but they got round her and reached past to attack him.
“They were beating him up and he was bleeding. All of them were having a go at him,” she told the jury.
Her boyfriend, who had the nickname Shevai, was struck by the golf club “more than once” and Ms Swierczynska said she was also hit with it.
As the attack continued she said she tried to support her boyfriend by holding him up and keeping him on his feet.
Then he moved towards a window and was followed by the three who continued the attack.
At this point she was able to run out of the flat and onto the corridor where she called out for help.
Asked by prosecutor William Harbage QC what was happening to her boyfriend, she replied: “The men were by the window [were] attacking him. He was bent over.”
Her boyfriend was trying to fight back using just his hands, but she said “They kept attacking him, they wouldn’t give up.”
She ran up a flight of stairs to the floor above, but couldn’t get anyone to help her.
Eventually she said she went back downstairs to her flat after the attackers had gone.
“There was blood all over, it was everywhere,” she said.
She said her boyfriend wasn’t in the flat and so she went to a flat of his friend and found him there lying down.
“He was in a terrible state, blood was everywhere. I grabbed wet towels and put them on him to stop the bleeding and talking to him the whole time. He only said he was sorry the whole time,” she said.
An ambulance crew arrived but Mr Golimowski was pronounced dead at the scene.
One stab wound had gone through his ribs into his heart, another into his liver and a third into his stomach. There was a fourth wound to his stomach.
As well as cuts and bruises, he had line marks on his back consistent with being struck by the golf club.
The prosecutor, Mr Harbage QC, said the attack lasted for five minutes and no murder weapon has been recovered.
At the start of the six week trial the court heard that on the previous day, Mothersill – who is known as Del – had been attacked by Golimowski and another man at an address in Salisbury Street, Bedford.
“He was beaten up, struck repeatedly with a pool cue and suffered cuts, bruises and a black right eye. He was robbed of money and drugs – heroin and crack cocaine,” he said.
As a result a “mission of revenge” was launched by a furious Mothersill.
During this “revenge attack” one of the attackers, Jeng, suffered a nasty wound to his thigh and was bleeding profusely.
While the other four left through the back of the building – the way they had entered – Jeng went through the front and was heading towards the hospital.
On the way he flagged down an ambulance and was treated at the side of the road before being taken to hospital.
Detective Chief Inspector Adam Gallop, who led the investigation, said: “This was a ruthless and brutal attack, the likes of which have no place on the streets of Bedford.
“These five men broke into Przemsyslaw Golimowski’s home with murderous intent, with seemingly no regard for the value of human life.
“Anyone as cold and calculating as that should have no place in civilised society. I am glad our investigation has led to their conviction.
“I also hope this can help Przemsyslaw’s family and friends find some closure following this tragedy.”
The five defendants will be sentenced by Judge Richard Foster tomorrow (16 Apr).