Jailed: Flatmate pleads guilty to murdering Polish immigrant who came to Manchester ‘for better life’

By Dean Wilkins

The flatmate of a murdered Polish immigrant was jailed in Manchester yesterday after admitting to killing him during a drunken argument.

Radoslaw Waclawiak was found stabbed to death on September 22 2012 at a home on Martingale Court, Crumpsall, where he lived with his murderer and two other men.

The 25-year-old died from a single stab injury to the chest, Janusz Stanislaw Kosik, 57, pleaded guilty to murder and was jailed for life at Manchester Crown Court.

Senior Investigating Officer Harry Harrison, from Greater Manchester Police’s Major Incident team, said: “Radoslaw came to England to make a better life for himself and instead was tragically killed by a man living under the same roof.

“The three men were kind enough to invite Kosik in to their home and viciously attacked and killed Radoslaw.

“The result should provide some solace for Radoslaw’s friends and family and will hopefully provide some basis for them to move forward in their lives without him.”

Kosik lived in a flat on Martingale Court in Crumpsall, he lived there with the victim and two other men.

In the weeks leading up to the murder, Kosik had some minor disagreements with his flatmates.

However this escalated prior to the incident, when Kosik threw a glass at Mr Waclawiak which smashed against the wall.

He took a hammer out of the kitchen and threatened Mr Waclawiak and the other two men.

During the night of the incident all four men were drinking at the flat.

Kosik spent most of the evening in his bedroom and made complaints about the volume of the television.

At about 1am Kosik walked into one of the bedrooms were Mr Waclawiak was smoking a cigarette.

Kosik approached him with a large kitchen knife, slashed him in the face and stabbed him in the chest.

Kosik immediately fled the scene.

Two days later officers located Kosik at a soup kitchen in Manchester and arrested him on suspicion of murder.

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