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Newly-wed cleared of murder after five months marriage

Aleksandra Lipski
Image caption Aleksandra Lipski was married five months before she died

A man has been cleared of murdering his wife following a drunken night out, five months after their wedding.

Daniel Lipski, 28, was also found not guilty of the manslaughter of 27-year-old Aleksandra Lipski, who he married two-and-a-half months after meeting.

She was found with a fatal stab wound in May 2008 at the flat they shared in Newport, Cardiff Crown Court heard.

Mr Lipski, who moved to the UK from Poland in 2000, told the jury in the three-week trial they loved each other.

They had been out that evening with her sister, Arga Kaczmarska, and her partner.

But the two women had argued and had to be restrained, the court was told.

The jury was told Mr Lipski later saw his wife make a stabbing motion with a knife in her right hand.

The body of Ms Lipski, also known as Aleksandra Kaczmarska, was found at the couple's home in the Maindee area of Newport early on 13 May 2008.

Image caption Daniel Lipski was found not guilty of killing his wife after a three-week trial

She had suffered one fatal stab wound to the chest close to her heart.

Her discarded wedding ring was found under a table.

The jury took 88 minutes to find Mr Lipski not guilty of murder.

He was also cleared of manslaughter after Mr Justice Lloyd Jones asked the jury to consider an alternative charge.

Gwent Police had translated appeal posters into Polish as part of the murder investigation.

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