They were at their own wedding when they found out that their house had been destroyed by an explosion. Almost all their fortune went up in smoke. Two men, including a neighbor of the couple, were charged with arson. The court issued an invalid judgment in this case.
On Thursday, the District Court in Łobez found Bogdan W. and Mykoła O. guilty of setting fire to the Wawrzyniak family’s house. Mykoła O. – commissioned by Bogdan W. – was to set fire to a house in Sosnów at a time when the owners of the building were having fun at their own wedding.
As the court found, “Bogdan W. directed the prohibited act by ordering the destruction of property by arson.” The man was to indicate the building and the window and instructed when the arson was to take place and offered – as the investigators established – PLN 5,000. W. was sentenced to eight years in prison.
Mykola O. was – according to the court’s findings – the direct executor of the arson. He was sentenced to six years in prison.
The court imposed an obligation on the men to repair the damage in the amount of PLN 311,000. zlotys. It also awarded compensation in the amount of PLN 300,000 to the family whose house was destroyed.
The judgment is not final.
Prosecutor’s office about Bogdan W.: he supplied a flammable substance, pointed to the building and the window
The trial for setting fire to the house of the newlyweds began before the District Court in Łobez at the end of March last year. Bogdan W., accused of ordering the arson, and his employee Mykoła O., who was responsible for setting the fire, sat on the dock.
He pointed to a building and a window through which he was to plant a flammable substance and set it on fire. He provided him with the substance in question and indicated the time when the above-mentioned was to perform the order, promising him money in the amount of five thousand zlotys for its execution – this is how the prosecutor Diana Rokosz from the District Prosecutor’s Office in Łobez spoke about Bogdan W.’s actions during the first trial.
The house was completely destroyed. The explosion happened during a wedding
The fire occurred on the night of June 25-26, 2021 in Sosnowo (West Pomeranian Voivodeship). At that time, the hosts were enjoying their own wedding. Four fire engines were on the scene. – We found the building in the state after the explosion, with a damaged gable wall, as well as with other walls and structural elements of the building – said Capt. Grzegorz Paluch from the fire brigade in Łobez.
Shortly after the fire Mr. Adam, the owner of the house, spoke of a quarrel between him and a neighbor.
“It was about some quarrel, about a piece of land that belonged to me. I wanted to regain something that belonged to me a long time ago, I pay taxes for it, I will pay it for the rest of my life. I bought land of 2,300 square meters and it should be mine, not 1,800 meters, because the neighbor took something there and he thinks it’s his – said Adam Wawrzyniak.
As he reported, half an hour later the children were to return home from the wedding. So if the explosion had taken place tens of minutes later, someone could have died.
– It’s not supposed to look like this. If everyone was doing what the neighbor is doing right now, then there would be no population here. It would be one big rubble. You can argue about something, you can not talk to someone, but do something like this? said the man.
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