Pair jailed for Daniel's murder

The mother and stepfather of Daniel Pelka have been jailed for life and must serve a minimum term of 30 years. Magdelena Luczak,27, and her partner Mariusz Krezolek, 34, were found guilty of the four-year-old's murder on Wednesday.

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Daniel's body released to biological father in Poland

The body of murdered schoolboy Daniel Pelka has been released to his father's custody, paving the way for the child to be buried in Poland.

A clerk for the coroner for Coventry and Warwickshire confirmed the four-year-old's remains had been released to Eryk Pelka, who lives in the country and has previously told of how he wants his son buried close by so he can visit the grave.

Daniel Pelka was four years old when he died
Daniel Pelka was four years old when he died

Mr Pelka lived with Daniel and his mother for the first year of the boy's life, before returning to Poland in 2009.

Earlier this month, Daniel's mother Magdelena Luczak, 27, and stepfather Mariusz Krezolek, 34, were jailed for life with a minimum term of 30 years each for what the judge called the "incomprehensible" murder of the defenceless youngster.

Read: Eryk Pelka 'not relieved' over couple's sentencing

Watch: Daniel Pelka's biological father expresses outrage at boy's brutal death

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Examining child's behaviour 'more important than ever'

Questions are being raised over the death of Daniel Pelka and how he could have been allowed to be subjected to such "despicable torment", the chief executive of the NSPCC said today.

Peter Wanless added:

There are many brilliant professionals and citizens who are alert to the signs of abuse, whose timely actions to prevent harm never make the headlines.

But, when adults are hell bent on destroying a child's life and doing all they can to deceive those around them, the criticality of questioning a child's behaviour and speaking out about it is more important than ever.

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Pelka 'badly let down' by children's services

Daniel Pelka was "badly let down" not just by an "evil stepfather and indifferent and selfish mother" but also by his school, health professionals and social services, the MP for Coventry North West said today.

Coventry North West MP Geoffrey West speaking to ITV News outside of court yesterday.

Geoffrey Robinson said: "What human being, with the slightest understanding of children, would not have been concerned enough to take action to set alarm bells ringing?

"Those who failed Daniel must examine their own consciences, and conclude whether it is appropriate for them to remain in their posts."

Video: Pair jailed for life for murder of Daniel Pelka

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The mother and step-father of four-year-old Daniel Pelka have been jailed for life with a minimum of 30 years. Magdelena Luczak and Mariusz Krezolek beat the toddler to death, after denying him food and locking him in a box room at their home in Coventry.

A judge today described the evidence as "deeply shocking and disturbing", with "unimaginable acts of cruelty and brutality".

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Eryk Pelka 'not relieved' over couple's sentencing

The father of Daniel Pelka has said that the life sentences handed out to Magdelena Luczak and Mariusz Krezolek were "severe enough", but he only "wishes the same thing would happen to them, what happened to my son".

Eryk Pelka talks exclusively to ITV News. Credit: ITV News

Following the sentencing, Eryk Pelka told ITV News that he was "not relieved a single bit". He added: "When we were a couple, Magda was a good mother. I think that, he had a bad influence on her".

Read more: Eryk Pelka haunted by the murder of his only son Daniel Pelka

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Daniel Pelka case 'harrowing and emotional'

The senior Crown prosecutor in the case of Daniel Pelka has said she is "satisfied" with the sentencing of Magdelena Luczak and Mariusz Krezolek.

Speaking outside court, Lisa Windridge said:

It has been very harrowing and emotional to everybody that has worked on this case, from the police investigators, to those at the CPS and the barristers.

All cases can be very harrowing, particularly on the public protection unit, but this case has particularly touched those of us who have been involved.

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