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Wroclaw. Former speedway rider sentenced to 12 years in prison for manslaughter

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On Thursday, a Wrocław court sentenced 52-year-old Krzysztof J. to 12 years in prison, who was accused of murder. The court changed the qualification of the act to severe beating causing the death of the victim. The convicted is a former player of the Sparta Wrocław speedway club.

The incident took place on January 4, 2022 in a tenement house at ul. Sęp Szarzyński in Wrocław’s Śródmieście district.

According to the prosecutor’s office, 52-year-old Krzysztof J., under the influence of alcohol, beat up a man who came to the tenement house. The former speedway rider allegedly punched the victim twice in the face. After these blows, the man fell down the stairs to the mezzanine. The prosecutor’s office claims that Krzysztof J. kicked the lying man in the head and torso. As a consequence of the beating, Wiesław P. died.

He claimed that it was Wiesław P. who started the row

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The former rider pleaded not guilty to the charges. He claimed that it was Wiesław P. who initiated the row and that his death was the result of an accident.

The prosecutor’s office asked for 25 years in prison for Krzysztof J. The defense wanted to change the classification of the act from homicide to causing grievous bodily harm and imposing the lowest possible penalty.

On Thursday, the District Court in Wrocław partially granted the defense’s request and sentenced Krzysztof J. to 12 years in prison for causing grievous bodily harm, which led to the death of the beating victim. The convicted person is also to pay compensation to the deceased’s daughter and grandchildren – a total of PLN 80,000.

The court based its judgment on the testimony of three witnesses

Justifying the judgment, the court emphasized that it had based its assessment of the events on the testimonies of three witnesses, which were consistent and indicated that the defendant’s intention was not murder but severe beating. – And the accused realized this intention, because, as the description of the bodily injuries indicates, he severely beat the victim. So hard that the victim died as a result of this beating. And this result was objectively foreseeable, but the defendant did not foresee it, said Judge Mariusz Wiązek. The judgment is invalid. The court upheld the temporary detention of the accused due to the threat of a high prison sentence. For grievous bodily harm resulting in the death of a person, the penalty is from 5 to 25 years in prison, and even a life sentence.

Krzysztof J. is a former player of Sparta Wrocław speedway club. In the colors of this team, he won the Polish team championship three times in the years 1993-1995.

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