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Leamington man jailed for body-in-field murder

Piotr Moczulski
Image caption Moczulski became a key suspect from an early stage of the investigation, Warwickshire Police said

A man who murdered a close friend of his estranged girlfriend has been jailed for at least 32 years.

Piotr Moczulski, 26, of Newgale Walk, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, killed Elzbieta Kincyzk, 23, whose body was found in a field in June 2010.

Polish national Moczulski, who denied murder, was found guilty at Warwick Crown Court.

The court heard he lured Mrs Kincyzk to a meeting before raping then clubbing her to death.

As she sentenced Moczulski the judge, Mrs Justice Macur, told him he had behaved "most brutally and shown no remorse".

CCTV evidence

Mrs Kincyzk, known as Ela, was also a Polish national and lived and worked in Leamington, police said.

The Warwickshire force said she was last seen alive when she went to meet Moczulski at about 1300 BST on 6 June 2010.

Speaking after the conviction, police said he became a key suspect from an early stage of the investigation.

Det Ch Insp James Essex said: "Even when faced with CCTV evidence showing Ela getting into his car and driving off with her in the passenger seat, he continued to deny his involvement in her disappearance and murder."

Image caption Piotr Moczulski denied murdering Elzbieta Kincyzk

The court heard a tracking device showed that at about 1830 BST and 2245 BST on 16 June, Moczulski's vehicle was close to where Mrs Kincyzk's body was found hours later.

Her body was found in a field near Windmill Hill Lane shortly after midnight on 17 June, police said.

In a statement from the victim's family released by police, they said: "What did she do to him to deserve this?

"What is trust and friendship nowadays? Would it translate to assaulting, raping and murdering?

"Her son Patrys has lost his only mother and will never say "mama" again."

Det Ch Insp Essex welcomed the sentencing of Moczulski for "this cruel, brutal and senseless murder".

He said: "Knowing that he is in prison will be a small consolation for Ela's close knit family, which includes her husband and young son, whom she was devoted to."

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