Kamil Dreszer – 22 years minimum for murder of Andrzej Kulesza

Kamil Dreszer – 22 years minimum for murder of Andrzej Kulesza

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Kamil Dreszer, Artur Janik and Daniel Kosowski were sentenced on 7th August 2013 for offences relating to the death of Andrzej Kulesza in September 2010. It seems that Mr Kulesza was a drug dealer and owed money to another man. As an ‘inducement’ to secure the payment, he was kidnapped and tortured. The kidnappers called Mr Kulesza’s  girlfriend and got him to explain that he was being held and asking for money. She borrowed £300 and paid that on the promise that Mr Kulesza would be released. This didn’t happen however and he was later killed with his body being dumped in the countryside where it was discovered about six months later.

The three defendants were convicted by a jury on 6th August 2013 of the following offences:

Kamil Dreszer : Murder – life imprisonment (minimum tariff – 22 years)

Kidnapping – concurrent sentence (not specified)

False imprisonment – concurrent sentence (not specified)

Preventing the lawful burial of a corpse – concurrent sentence (not specified)

Artur Janik : Manslaughter – 11 years

Kidnapping – concurrent sentence (not specified)

False imprisonment – concurrent sentence (not specified)

Preventing the lawful burial of a corpse – concurrent sentence (not specified)

Daniel Kosowski : Preventing the lawful burial of a corpse – 30 months

As a result, Mr Dreszer will have to spend at least 22 years in prison before being eligible for parole. Mr Janik will spend 5½ years in prison and Mr Kosowski 15 months. The vast differences in the sentencing shows the different roles that they played in the kidnap. It is not clear on what basis Mr Janik was convicted of manslaughter (presumably having been charged with murder).

What is interesting is whether Mr Dreszer’s sentence is too short. I say that because if you look at the guidelines for sentencing for murder then it would appear at least probable that it falls into the 30 year starting point (‘murder for gain’ – relating to the debt and ‘sadistic’ – the torture involved).  The murder was aggravated by the planning involved, the suffering inflicted before Mr Kulesza was killed and the concealment of his body. It seems that the Judge must have accepted that it was not, in fact, a ’30 year’ case and took the starting point as 15 years, aggravated by the factors above.

We don’t (as is all too often the case) have the sentencing remarks, which is unfortunate as that would clear this up. Even allowing for the fact that Mr Dreszer was not the lead person in the plot, it would seem, on the face of it, that he could consider himself to be fortunate.

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Dan is a barrister at 2 Dr. Johnson’s Buildings practising in crime.

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