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Sofija Kaczan death: Mugging accused 'found under bed'

Sofija Kaczan Image copyright PA
Image caption Sofija Kaczan was imprisoned by the Nazis during World War Two

A man accused of mugging a 100-year-old woman who later died was arrested after being found under a bed, a court heard.

Sofija Kaczan died on 6 June in Normanton, Derby, after suffering a fractured neck during a bag-snatch.

On the morning of the attack Artur Waszkiewicz had gone to buy heroin when he a saw a green handbag on the road, stopped his car and took it, he told Derby Crown Court.

Mr Waszkiewicz, 40, of Wolfa Street, Derby, denies manslaughter and robbery.

"I had no idea she had died. I did not rob that lady. I am not responsible for her death," he told the court.

Mrs Kaczan was hit on the head in Empress Road on 28 May as she made her way to church.

The Polish-born widow died in hospital from pneumonia, a condition brought on as a result of the attack, jurors have been told.

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Image caption A receipt with Artur Waszkiewicz's fingerprint on it was found in the stolen bag, the jury heard

Mr Waszkiewicz told the court he was driving alone in his Seat Leon car, which was seen on CCTV in Empress Road at the time Mrs Kaczan was injured.

He said after taking the handbag from the road, he looked in it, saw there was no cash and left it in Moore Street.

The prosecution said Mr Waszkiewicz, his partner and two children went to his father's home in London soon after Mrs Kaczan was injured.

He said this trip had been arranged before the attack.

Image caption Sofija Kaczan was a regular worshipper at St Maximilian Kolbe Polish Catholic Church and was taken there after being mugged

He then went to his mother's house - also in London - and was arrested on 5 June, for a second time, when officers found him under a bed there, the court heard.

Mr Waszkiewicz said he was hiding because he was "scared" and "shocked" that the police had come back to see him.

Prosecutors also said Mr Waszkiewicz repeatedly asked a neighbour for small amounts of money, including for food and electricity.

The trial continues.

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