19-year-old Adrian W. was sentenced to 15 years in prison for the murder of his 16-year-old friend in Kołobrzeg (West Pomeranian Voivodeship). Although W. was 17 years old at the time of the crime, he was tried as an adult. The man pleaded guilty and repented, but did not reveal why he killed. The judgment is not final.
The verdict was handed down on Tuesday in the District Court in Koszalin. 19-year-old Adrian W. replied for the murder of his 16-year-old friend Sebastian J. The court stated that the man had acted with the intention of taking his life and sentenced him to 15 years in prison, but he may apply for parole after 12 years. Adrian W. is also to pay 100,000 zlotys to the parents of the deceased Sebastian.
The tragedy happened on December 16, 2019 in Kołobrzeg (West Pomeranian Voivodeship). As indicated in the indictment, 17-year-old Adrian W. stabbed the 16-year-old several times in the staircase of the block of flats, including in the neck, head, abdomen and hand. Sebastian J. died on the spot.
According to the prosecutor’s office, Adrian W. acted with a direct intention. At the time of committing the act, he was underage, he was 17 years old. However, he was tried as an adult, he was facing a maximum of 25 years in prison.
[Defendant]I hate myself for what I have done
The trial of Adrian W. ended on Thursday, October 7. The last three witnesses, the accused’s colleagues and the victim testified in the case. Each admitted that the friendly relationship between Adrian and Sebastian – some time before the crime – had deteriorated. Witnesses testified that they heard that it was about a girl. Their testimonies contained information about the blackmail Sebastian was supposed to use against Adrian, about the mutual recording of humiliating videos. However, they could not recall specific situations and events. They said they did not remember or witnessed them.
The defendant in the courtroom said his relationship with Sebastian worsened when he “kissed his girlfriend”.
– At that time there were terrible situations towards me – said Adrian W., without however stating what these “terrible situations” would consist of. What was the main motive of the crime, Adrian W. did not disclose, even after the break in the hearing, ordered by the court in order to allow the defense lawyer to talk to the accused. Earlier, in the correspondence with attorney Bartosz Papucewicz – which he read in the courtroom – he was to write that if he did, he would become “the laughingstock of the whole Kołobrzeg”.
Adrian W., in the last word, regretted what he had done.
– It is a huge tragedy for me. I experience it every day, I can see what happened at every turn. I can not turn back time. I took the most precious things from my parents. I hate myself for what I have done. I hate myself for being a human being. I’m sorry, said the accused in a broken voice.
The prosecutor asked for 25 years in prison
Prosecutor Iwona Pluta asked for the highest sentence for Adrian W. – 25 years imprisonment. In her opinion, the aggravating circumstance is that “the accused planned the murder” and made earlier attempts to harm the aggrieved party. In her opinion, the facts of the case did not raise any doubts. – The accused confessed to committing the offense, provided short, but significant explanations as to the key circumstances of the proceedings. Adrian W. committed the act while being a sane person – the prosecutor noted. She added that undoubtedly – as the experts found – the accused had an immature personality, focused on an incorrect personality, and only his young age could be a mitigating circumstance. She noted that the trial did not answer the question why Adrian W. killed Sebastian J.
– This is the most difficult piece of the puzzle. Sebastian J. will not answer us. Adrian W. does not really want to provide explanations – emphasized Pluta in the final speech.
The defense wanted the lowest penalty
The attorney of the victim’s parents, who are auxiliary prosecutors, also requested the highest penalty for the accused. Attorney Adrian W. Bartosz Papucewicz asked the court for the lowest penalty. It’s eight years in prison for murder.
– I can’t believe that the only reason what happened was the recorded video. There was a motive, a motive we cannot see. There is a bottom line here – he said, asking the court to take this into account when deciding on the sentence. The defense also pointed to the young age of the accused, his traumatic experiences after his mother left the family and the lack of care from his father.
The sentence passed on Tuesday in the court in Koszalin is not final.
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