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