The family of Janusz Smoderek, a Polish factory worker who was stabbed to death in Boston in 2011, has been described by his family as "a loving person who was loved by everyone and who did not deserve what happened to him."
He was killed by 38 year old Stephen Sleaford, who has today been jailed for life.
– Iwona Smoderek, victim's wife
We are grateful that his murderer has been found guilty and that the justice system has not let us down. We would like to thank the police for their thorough investigation and for all the support received throughout the whole ordeal. We will always remember him as a wonderful husband, father and grandad and he will always live in our hearts
On sentencing, the Judge told Sleaford he had a record of violence, which included an offence of 'GBH with intent' in 1994 involving the use of a double barrelled sawn off shotgun. Sleaford had previously served 11 years in prison.
The Judge also increased the severity of his sentence from the usual 15 years to 23 years, because Sleaford went on the run from police after killing Janusz Smoderick, disposed of the knife in a garden and washed his clothes to ensure he wouldn't get caught.
– Judge Michael Heath
"Janusz Smoderek was unarmed and unprotected. When you kicked and punched him he held his hands up. This was a brutal murder with an element of punishment inflicted by you on him."
Stephen Sleaford boasted to the girl he saved from being molested by Janusz Smoderick who can't legally be named, that he'd "only get 15 years in prison". Telling her he'd "dealt with it", and swearing "Oh my God, I've killed him".
Police say a man who stabbed a Polish factory worker to death in Boston, carried out a "cowardly attack on an unarmed man". 38 year old Stephen Sleaford has today been jailed for life, to serve at least 23 years, for the murder of Janusz Smoderek in September 2011.
– Det Supt Stuart Morrison, Lincolnshire Police
Irrespective of the circumstances in which Sleaford intervened that night, the level of violence used on Mr Smoderek was utterly disproportionate and resulted in a family losing a husband, father and grandfather. When people carry knives, there is always the potential for a tragedy to occur, and in this case, the knife was in the possession of a man with a history of violence who thought nothing of taking a man’s life
38 year old Stephen Sleaford has been jailed for life for the murder of Polish factory worker, Janusz Smoderek in Boston in September 2011. He will have to serve at least 23 years in prison.
A man who killed a Polish factory worker who he saw molesting a teenage girl, has been found guilty of murder.
38 year old Stephen Sleaford stabbed Janusz Smoderek in the chest after a brawl in the early hours of the morning in Boston.
Sleaford claimed he had tried to disarm the man he killed, but today a jury at Lincoln Crown Court disagreed.