A man described as being thought 'untouchable' by Boston's Polish community will be sentenced today for murder. Slawomir Dziob, 35, denied the murder of 28-year-old Jan Pawel Stochnialek, whose body was found in a waterway in Boston in January last year.
But he was found guilty by a jury at Lincoln Crown Court. Mr Stochnialek was last seen alive at a Christmas Eve party when he was seen to become involved in a heated discussion with Dziob. The prosecution alleged that, at some point between 23rd December and 25th January, Dziob murdered him.
Chief Superintendent Paula Wood said: “There is a flourishing Polish community in Boston, with whom we have maintained a close connection throughout the investigation into Mr Stochnialek’s murder.
It became apparent at an early stage that this community regarded the offender as, in some way, ‘untouchable’ and that there was a lack of confidence in the police’s ability to bring him to justice.
I hope that today’s successful outcome offers reassurance to all our communities in Boston and Lincolnshire that such worries were groundless..... and that, regardless of nationality or criminal reputation, those who harm our communities will be found and brought before the court”.
A report from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has found that urgent action is needed from United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust to improve standards. The report said:
Low staffing levels had an impact, including in the care and treatment of patients, communication between staff, maintenance of patient records and access to staff training and appraisals
Staff could not always respond to patient needs and not all care needs were assessed or planned, there were concerns around the documentation and decision making about whether to resuscitate patients
This is not the first time the has highlighted problems at the trust, previously carrying out an investigation into the service, it said most recent reports show changes made had not been properly embedded in to the trust's culture
Andrea Gordon, regional director of the Care Quality Commission said concerns over the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust were "not acceptable". She said:
Our inspectors found caring and dedicated people working at the hospitals but they were being let down by low staff numbers, a lack of training and systems in place to ensure they could carry out their work effectively. Far worse is the fact this resulted in patients being let down.
The trust and performance managers, such as the Trust Development Authority (TDA), must make sure long lasting improvements happen so people entering these hospitals receive the standards of care they should be able to expect.
A poster campaign has been started in a town centre in Lincolnshire to try to stop people from urinating in the street.
The posters, displaying a "banned" symbol over the silhouette of a male figure urinating, includes a short message in English, Polish, Latvian, Russian and Portuguese and ask people to not urinate near the historic Wormgate area of Boston.
The poster campaign was launched after local councillors were asked by residents and business owners in Archers Lane for help to fight the problem.
Councillor Carol Taylor said: "We wanted the notice to be polite and be a request, not an order, in the hope that people would show a little more respect."
Five people have been injured in a crash in Boston, Lincolnshire.
Emergency services were called to Norfolk Street just after 8pm last night, after a red Ford Fiesta collided with the wall of the SureStart centre and burst into flames.
The driver, a 19 year-old Boston man, suffered deep cuts, broken ribs and possible internal injuries. The front seat passenger, also 19, broke his hip and three rear seat passengers (a 16 year-old boy from Langrick, a 20 year-old man from Frieston and a Boston man) all broke their arms.
A structural engineer was called to check the stability of the building wall and the road remained closed until the early hours of this morning.
An investigation into the collision is ongoing and any witnesses are asked to call 101.