On a street in Kalisz (Wielkopolska), a man was doused with acid. More than a year after the incident, the trial in this case began before the court. Two men are accused: a 23-year-old who allegedly threw acid and the victim’s brother-in-law, who – according to the prosecutor’s office – ordered it. The injured entrepreneur underwent a series of operations, lost an ear and is blind in one eye.
On Monday, two men aged 24 and 62 sat in the dock before the District Court in Kalisz. The first Gracjan I. allegedly committed a crime on behalf of the victim’s older brother-in-law, privately. He was charged with causing grievous bodily harm, which carries a prison sentence of three to 15 years. Elder Zdzisław O. is responsible for exposing a person to danger and making criminal threats, which is punishable by up to three years in prison.
According to Radio Poznań, the older of the defendants in court maintained that he had nothing to do with the case. In turn, the younger of the men admitted to having been doused with acid, and apologized to the victim “for destroying his life”. According to the radio station, however, he did not explain the motives for his actions or give the principal.
“Neither one nor the other has any remorse.” One is happy that he did it, the other lies that he did not order it – said the man attacked with acid before the trial began. He added that he would demand the highest sentences for the accused.
Drenched in acid on the street, right next to his company
The attack on a then 49-year-old man took place on January 18, 2022 on ul. Chopin in Kalisz. As the victim was leaving his office, a man he did not know approached him and poured 0.7 liters of sulfuric acid on his face. Employees ran to help. The perpetrator escaped. After weeks of searching, the police arrested the suspect. By the court’s decision, he was arrested, where he remains to this day. During questioning, he told investigators that he did it because he had heard that the victim was a bad person. From the beginning, the victim claimed in an interview with PAP that acid was poured on him on behalf of his sister’s husband, and that the reason was a family conflict.
A man doused with acid: this suffering is indescribable
The burnt father of his two-year-old son went to the Burn Treatment Center in Siemianowice Śląskie, where he underwent many operations. The man is blind in his left eye, it is dead from being burnt out by acid; he also lost one ear. He underwent eight surgeries to restore the burnt eyelids; he was undergoing procedures to remove dead skin from the facial area. He practically did not leave the operating table for many weeks. He also had a nervous breakdown. He will be able to undergo surgery to remove painful scars in two years. This suffering is indescribable. I still feel terrible pain and even burning on the right side of my face and ear, because this area was hit the most – he said.
Main photo source: KMP Kalisz