Leeds & West Yorkshire

Huddersfield buried woman's clothing 'found trailing from box'

Huddersfield buried box
Image caption Clothing was found trailing from the buried box

A specialist police officer found clothing trailing from a box from which a woman had escaped after being buried alive, a jury heard.

Michelina Lewandowska, 27, said she was left in a shallow grave near Huddersfield for about half an hour.

Leeds Crown Court had heard that Ms Lewandowska was put in the box by her partner, Marcin Kasprzak, 25, after he attacked her with a stun gun on 28 May.

Mr Kasprzak and Patryk Borys, 18, from Huddersfield, deny attempted murder.

The jury also saw police photographs and video footage of the scene after Miss Lewandowska's escape.

Spade marks

Carl Akeroyd, a scenes of crime officer with West Yorkshire Police who made a video of the scene, described how the box was buried beneath a mixture of leaf litter, soil, branches, twigs and tree roots.

He said the box had been placed in a natural depression in the ground, around 33 metres from the road, with the remains of a tree placed on top.

Mr Akeroyd said a number of spade marks could also be seen in the soil at the scene.

As the jury looked at the photographs and footage, Mr Akeroyd described how he and a colleague removed sections of the debris to reveal the box, which had items of clothing trailing from a hole at one end.

In cross-examination, Julian Goose QC, for Mr Kasprzak, asked: "What we're not dealing with here is a hole dug deep into the ground and the box put inside and, a large quantity of soil put inside to bury the box?"

Mr Akeroyd answered: "It's not a six-foot-deep hole but it is an attempt to conceal."

The jury also heard medical evidence detailing injuries found on Ms Lewandowska were consistent with her struggling in a confined space.

Mr Kasprzak, of Penistone Road, Huddersfield, and Mr Borys, of Rashcliffe Hill Road, Huddersfield, deny being involved.

The case continues.

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