, LONDON, August 2 – A Polish mother and her partner who systematically starved her four year old son before savagely beating him to death were jailed for a minimum of 30 years by a British judge on Friday.
Magdelena Luczak and Mariusz Krezolek subjected Daniel Pelka to a six month ordeal in which he was held underwater, locked in a room and force fed salt before suffering fatal head injuries in a vicious assault.
The case has raised questions about why Daniel’s stepfather Krezolek was not deported to Poland despite having been jailed three times in Britain, and about the failure of Daniel’s school and social services to save him.
The case was “deeply shocking and disturbing” and involved “unimaginable acts of cruelty and brutality,” said Judge Laura Cox as she sentenced the pair at Birmingham Crown Court in central England.
Cox gave Luczak and Krezolek each life sentences and said the couple, who were found guilty by a jury on Wednesday, must serve a minium of 30 years in prison before they can be considered for release.
The pair both arrived in Britain from Poland in 2006.
A juror wiped away tears as the sentences were read out. Luczak and Krezolek, who are both originally from Poland stared straight ahead and listened to their interpreters.
Daniel was described as a healthy little boy when he started school in the industrial city of Coventry in September 2011. Pictures showed a smiling blond haired boy in a red uniform.
But the time he died in March 2012 experts “likened his appearance to those who failed to survive concentration camps, and the comparison was not made lightly,” the judge said.