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Tipton man Cezary Sobiewski admits murdering partner

Cezary Sobiewski Image copyright West Midlands Police
Image caption Cezary Sobiewski will be sentenced on Tuesday

A man has admitted murdering his partner because he could not accept their relationship was over, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said.

Barbara Baraniecka was found by her daughter covered in blood on her bed last November. She had been stabbed 13 times by Cezary Sobiewski.

She told Sobiewski a month before that she wanted to end their relationship.

At Wolverhampton Crown Court, the 40-year-old from Tipton in the West Midlands admitted murder.

He had moved to the UK from the US in 2010 to live with Ms Baraniecka in Tipton, the CPS said.

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Before Ms Baraniecka died, she confided in her friends that she had concerns about his increased alcohol consumption.

On 12 November, her daughter Dzesika, 25, returned to the family home from work and noticed damage to the doors and a knife on the landing.

'Truly horrendous'

She found her mother's body on the bed as Sobiewski sat silently in the kitchen, West Midlands Police said.

Emily Lenham, from West Midlands CPS, said the defendant had shown no remorse for the "truly horrendous" crime.

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Image caption Barbara Baraniecka's daughter Dzesika (pictured) said her mother was "everything"

"A month before her death, Barbara Baraniecka told Cezary Sobiewski that she wanted to end their relationship.

"He was unable to accept this decision and he waited until the victim was alone in the house before launching a sustained and brutal attack on her.

"The attack was extremely violent; Ms Baraniecka was stabbed a total of 13 times."

After the hearing, Dzesika, one of Ms Baraniecka's two daughters, said her mother was "everything" to her.

"We have lost mommy, friend and our world's guardian.

"It is so hard to live without her, our whole life is upside down now and we live with sadness day by day."

Sobiewski will be sentenced on Tuesday.

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