Three people sentenced for more than 80 years for Wakefield Murder

Monday 21 December 2020

Three people have today been sentenced for the murder of a Wakefield Man.

Aleksander Pawlak, 30 was killed shortly before midnight on September 8, 2019 at a flat on Pinderfields Road.

Officers were called to reports of a disturbance and shouting at the location. When they arrived they found Mr Pawlak lying outside the door of his flat.

A number of items had been stolen from Mr Pawlak.

A post mortem examination concluded that Mr Pawlak died from multiple injuries including blunt force trauma to the head.

Today at Leeds Crown Court they were all sentenced:

  • Adam LITWINOWICZ, 24, was jailed for life with a minimum 30 years for murder plus 16 years concurrently for conspiracy to rob.
  • Michal SZYMANSKI, 24 was jailed for life with a minimum 27 years for murder plus 16 years concurrently for conspiracy to rob.
  • Maciaj SOLARZ, 29  was jailed for life with a minimum 27 years for murder plus 16 years concurrently for conspiracy to rob.
Adam LITWINOWICZ
Michal SZYMANSKI
Maciaj SOLARZ

Detective Chief Inspector Emma Winfield of West Yorkshire Police said:

‘Aleksander was murdered in the most horrific and brutal circumstances by people he thought were his friends.

‘This was a pre-meditated attack in which the five suspects drove up from Southampton on the day of the murder.

‘After the murder they ransacked the flat and stole two TVs, a Playstation and a Hugoboss watch amongst other items.

‘They left Aleksander outside his flat before fleeing back down to Southampton. They were swiftly arrested before trying to flee the country.

‘Aleksander’s family have been left devastated by his death and I hope this sentence gives them some comfort and closure.

‘I hope today’s sentence gives Aleksander’s family some justice.’

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