Berkshire

Michael Wenham jailed for Slough murder of Karolina Nowikiewicz

Michael Wenham Image copyright Thames valley police
Image caption Michael Wenham was told he must serve at least 26 years in jail

A man who slashed a Polish woman working as a prostitute across the neck has been jailed for her murder.

Karolina Nowikiewicz, 25, was found with knife injuries at a property in Lowestoft Drive, Haymill in Slough, Berkshire on 17 February last year.

Michael Wenham admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility but denied murder.

The 35-year-old was found guilty of the charge earlier this week. He was jailed for life with a minimum of 26 years.

'Clinically executed murder'

Police said Wenham, of Collingwood Road in Uxbridge, Hillingdon, had made an appointment with Ms Nowikiewicz, taking a utility knife with him.

After attacking her, he left her for dead in the flat before going outside to call the police and his wife to admit what he had just done.

Det Chief Insp Ailsa Kent called the random killing "a premeditated and clinically executed murder".

Ms Nowikiewicz, who was born in Poland and had moved to England about two years before her death in order to study, was working as a prostitute to fund her studies.

Following the trial at Reading Crown Court, a statement released by her family described Ms Nowikiewicz as "a young, full-of-life, optimistic woman".

It added: "She had the right to live; however, someone - Michael Wenham - took that choice away from her. Her death has brought great sorrow to her family."

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