A man who kept his girlfriend’s dead body locked in their bedroom for days has pleaded guilty to preventing a lawful burial.
Karol Leszczynski told his concerned housemates his girlfriend wasn’t feeling well. He kept up the pretence for several days in a house he shared with four other men in Hoby Street, Leicester.
However concerns were raised when the housemates began to detect a smell coming from the locked bedroom.
Police were called and when they gained entry to the room, they found the body of 20-year-old Walentyna Kunicka-Michalak.
Pathologists estimated that she had been dead for up to five days.
A post-mortem examination on her body failed to determine a cause of death. However, it is known that Walentyna suffered from an underlying medical condition and to date, detectives have found no evidence that her death was suspicious.
When Leszczynski appeared at Leicester Crown Court on Monday (29 October) he admitted preventing the lawful and decent burial of his girlfriend.
The judge sentenced the 19-year-old to four weeks, suspended for six months.
Detective Inspector Mark Sinski, who led the investigation, said: “To lose a child so young is in itself deeply distressing.”
“To know that she lay dead for several days without her death being properly reported to the authorities has added to the family’s grief, and my thoughts are very much with them.”
A statement on behalf Walentyna’s mother said: “I have been immersed in the most unimaginable despair since the passing of my beloved daughter and no mother should have to experience this.”
“No one will bring back Walentyna’s life, but now she has returned home to Poland, she is resting together with her grandparents and close to her father.”