Killer, 42, Who Hacked His Wife to Death with an Axe Tries to Take His Own Life in the Dock as He is Jailed for 21 Years

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Killer, 42, Who Hacked His Wife to Death with an Axe Tries to Take His Own Life in the Dock as He is Jailed for 21 Years

An axe-killer attempted suicide in the dock yesterday after a judge sentenced him to 21 years in prison for the brutal murder of his wife.

Killer, 42, Who Hacked His Wife To Death With An Axe Tries To Take His Own Life In The Dock As He Is Jailed For 21 Years

In dramatic scenes at Norwich Crown Court, Rafal Winiarski, 42, produced a concealed blade and slashed at his wrists in front of the judge, lawyers, and court staff.

Killer, 42, Who Hacked His Wife To Death With An Axe Tries To Take His Own Life In The Dock As He Is Jailed For 21 Years

Security staff restrained Winiarski, who had beaten his wife, Malgorzata Lechanska, 37, to death in the kitchen of their home in Shipdham, Norfolk, while their seven-year-old daughter played outside in the garden.

Killer, 42, Who Hacked His Wife To Death With An Axe Tries To Take His Own Life In The Dock As He Is Jailed For 21 Years

The defendant attempted to take his own life as Judge Anthony Bate concluded his sentencing and ordered: “Take him down.

Killer, 42, Who Hacked His Wife To Death With An Axe Tries To Take His Own Life In The Dock As He Is Jailed For 21 Years

An investigation has been launched into how Winiarski was able to obtain the blade and smuggle it through tight security into a packed courtroom.

Killer, 42, Who Hacked His Wife To Death With An Axe Tries To Take His Own Life In The Dock As He Is Jailed For 21 Years

Brutal and Premeditated Attack

Winiarski’s attack on his wife with an axe and knife on August 1, 2021, left her with 17 wounds, including fractures to the skull and multiple defence wounds. The violently jealous husband had planted secret cameras in their home after becoming convinced she was having an affair.

Killer, 42, Who Hacked His Wife To Death With An Axe Tries To Take His Own Life In The Dock As He Is Jailed For 21 Years

Judge Bate described the attack as a “wicked and brutal assault” during which Winiarski had “ferociously attacked her with two weapons.” He added, “It is clear that you intended to kill her. This was not a spontaneous attack.”

Killer, 42, Who Hacked His Wife To Death With An Axe Tries To Take His Own Life In The Dock As He Is Jailed For 21 Years

Diminished Responsibility

Winiarski was initially charged with murder but pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility. Medical assessments concluded he was suffering from paranoid psychosis with delusions of jealousy at the time of the killing, and his “rational judgment had been significantly impaired.

Police were called to the family home after a neighbour reported hearing a man shouting and a woman screaming, while a young girl outside the property looked “distressed.” Officers found Winiarski sitting on the sofa watching television, having changed out of his blood-soaked clothes. His wife’s body lay on the kitchen floor nearby, with a blood-stained axe on the worktop and a knife, missing its tip, on the floor.

Ongoing Investigation

Prosecutor Riel Karmy-Jones described the force used to kill Malgorzata as “brutal.” Winiarski, who moved to the UK from Poland with his wife and two young daughters in 2014, was driven by an obsession that his wife was cheating on him. He had a history of mental health problems exacerbated by drink and drugs, leaving him increasingly unstable.

The windows in the house had been nailed shut, and the couple’s elder daughter, who was at work when her mother was killed, revealed there had been previous incidents, including threats with a knife.

Winiarski claimed in police interviews that it was his wife who had become increasingly aggressive. He said he had not intended to kill her but lost his temper after believing she had posted “bad things” about him online.

Sentencing and Reaction

Andrew Spence, defending, said his client had a complex mental history which had left him “substantially impaired” and was suffering from “morbid jealousy.”

Jailing Winiarski, Judge Bate added: “You pose a significant risk to the public, especially any future partners.

Detective Inspector Alix Wright, who led the investigation, described the attack as “horrific.

Winiarski’s attempt to take his own life in court underscores the depth of his mental turmoil, but it also raises serious questions about courtroom security measures. Authorities are investigating how he managed to bring a blade into the courtroom, a breach that could have had further tragic consequences.

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