Coventry & Warwickshire

Daniel Pelka case: Mother 'guilty of allowing death'

Daniel Pelka
Image caption Daniel Pelka died in hospital in Coventry last year

The lawyer for a mother accused of starving and killing her four-year-old son has said she is guilty of allowing his death, but not his murder.

Magdelena Luczak, 27, and her partner Marius Krezolek, 34, are on trial for the murder of Daniel Pelka and causing or allowing the death of a child.

Daniel died in hospital in Coventry on 3 March 2012 from severe head injuries.

The pair have already admitted a charge of cruelty but deny the other charges against them.

In his summing up to the jury at Birmingham Crown Court, Ms Luczak's barrister Stephen Linnehan said: "She is guilty of the dreadful crime on the third count of the indictment, permitting the death of her child, but she is not guilty of his murder."

It is alleged the couple, who came to Britain from Poland in 2006, worked as a team to "systematically" starve the four-year-old prior to his death.

Giving evidence last week, Ms Luczak denied her son had lost a large amount of weight during his school holidays.

She also rejected claims she had assaulted her son or encouraged her partner to do so.

But she said she had been trying to protect her son from her violent partner.

The trial continues.

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