Husband "who showed no mercy" in brutal knife attack on his wife jailed for life

A violent husband who showed no mercy in a brutal knife attack on his 36-year-old wife has been jailed for life for her murder .

A court heard that Bradford hotel worker Monika Lasek suffered devastating wounds as she tried to defend herself during the Sunday morning attack at the family’s home in Halifax, last November.

Tragic Monika’s jealous ex, Zbigniew Lasek, warned her ‘you’re not going to be with anyone’ in a previous attack days before she was found dead in her hallway.

She had been repeatedly stabbed with a carving knife, The Huddersfield Daily Examiner reports .

Yesterday, a jury at Bradford Crown Court found the husband, also 36, guilty of murder following a trial.

Sentencing him to life in prison, with a minimum term of 24 years, Judge David Hatton QC said he was satisfied the fatal attack was the culmination of a history of violence and coercive behaviour on Lasek’s part.

The court heard that the couple had three children and Judge Hatton said they had been devastated by the loss of their mother.

During the trial the jury heard how Mrs Lasek had wanted her husband to move out the house after their relationship broke down about six months before the murder.

Nine days before the killing police officers attended at the property following reports of a domestic incident, but Mrs Lasek declined to make a formal statement and no action was taken against her husband.

During the trial, the jury heard evidence about Lasek’s threats towards his wife and Judge Hatton said on November 26 he had done what he said he would do to ensure that she would not be with anyone else.

“This was a particularly brutal attack with a large and sharp knife,” the judge told Lasek.

“It was used on several occasions to inflict a considerable number of injuries some of which were deep and devastating and some of which were inflicted while she lay on the floor of your hallway having crawled from the kitchen, already seriously injured and no doubt in shocking pain.

“You showed her no mercy. The injuries that she sustained to her hands in themselves testify to the frantic manner in which she sought helplessly to repel the knife and cling onto her life.”

Lasek, who claimed he “went mad” after his wife stabbed him in the thigh, broke down in tears after the jury’s verdict, but Judge Hatton said he had seen no remorse from him.

“The tears that you purported to shed in evidence, if real, were very much for yourself,” said the judge.

After the murder Lasek tried to make it look as if he had been injured in the incident and he also pretended to have tried to hang himself from a cable attached to the staircase.

In a victim impact statement Mrs Lasek’s mother Grazyna described how her life had been turned upside by the murder and her whole family was suffering.

“We are all devastated by what happened,” she said.

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