23rd Oct, 2017

Parents of Daniel Pelka lose appeals

Coventry Editorial 9th Dec, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

THE MURDERERS of Daniel Pelka will serve out their sentences after a judge has denied their appeals.

Magdelena Luczak and Mariusz Krezolek – Daniel’s mother and stepfather – appeared at the Court of Appeal on Tuesday, December 9.

Both wanted to challenge their life sentences, but former Polish solder Krezolek also saught to appeal his muder sentence.

Describing Daniel’s suffering as ‘heartbreaking’, Lady Justice Hallett said the trial judge was “fully entitled to treat this as one of the most serious offences of murder to come before the courts”.

The Holbrooks schoolboy was systematically tortured, starved, beaten, forced to eat salt and locked in a freezing bedroom by his parents before he was killed by a massive, final blow to the head in March 2012.

Daniel, who would have turned seven this year, weighed just 10kg when he was killed after agencies failed to spot his suffering.

His murder that sparked a crisis in the children’s services department and led to the campaign to implement Daniel’s Law – legislation that would make the reporting of child abuse mandatory for professionals working with children.

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