Nottingham

Marcin Cwiakalo detained over Nottingham chef stabbing

Marcin Cwiakalo
Image caption Police described the attack as a shocking random act of violence

A man convicted of killing a Nottingham chef has been detained under the mental health act.

Mark Blades, 29, was found at the rear of a restaurant in an alleyway off Parliament Street, in June 2012.

Marcin Cwiakalo, of Osborne Street, Radford, admitted manslaughter due to diminished responsibility.

The 23-year-old, who was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia after the attack, received a 20 year prison sentence under a hospital order.

He will remain in hospital until he is deemed fit to serve whatever remains of his sentence in prison.

Nottingham Crown Court heard how Cwiakalo, who worked as a pot washer at Frankie & Benny's Restaurant in Upper Parliament Street, had been sent home by his employer for being in an unfit state.

'Wrong place'

Image caption Mark's girlfriend, Ella, described him as a funny, kind, gentle guy, with lots of friends

He returned a few hours later, grabbed a knife from the restaurant's kitchen and attacked Mr Blades, who was in the communal space behind the restaurants' kitchens, having just finished his shift at Pizza Express.

Cwiakalo, who fled the scene after the attack, was later arrested at a nearby supermarket.

Toxicology tests found no trace of alcohol or drugs in his system.

Det Ch Insp Rob Griffin, who led the case, said: "Mark was a well-liked young man who had ambitions to set up his own business.

"Tragically his life and bright future was cut short by Marcin Cwiakalo, in what was a shocking random act of violence.

"Cwiakalo didn't know or have any issue with Mark, unfortunately he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time."

He added: "This has been a harrowing case and the indiscriminate nature of this attack makes it even more shocking.

"Today's outcome is little comfort for Mark's family who are still trying to reconcile the magnitude of their loss under such incomprehensible circumstances, but it does mean that this dangerous young man is no longer a threat to others."

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