Gravesend man jailed for killing friend
PUBLISHED: 14:06 01 July 2011
The killer of a young Polish immigrant brutally beaten to death after a drunken fight has been jailed for eight years.
Daniel Galkowski, 24, died from multiple injuries in a pool of his own blood in the bathroom of his attacker, Artur Kozlowski’s flat, South Street, Gravesend in December last year.
Kozlowski, also from Poland, admitted causing the death but denied murder and appearing in Maidstone Crown Court on Thursday was found guilty of manslaughter.
Simon Edwards, prosecuting, said: “This was a sustained and violent attack which resulted in injuries all over the victim’s body, including serious internal injuries.
“Whatever prompted the disagreement is unclear. What is clear is that it resulted in a vicious and sustained attack.”
A post mortem examination revealed 63 separate external injuries in addition to internal injuries to the brain, face, ribs and deep tissue bruising.
Earlier the court heard how then pair had been drinking for two days before the disagreement.
Following the fight, Kozlowski, a married father of two, went to bed but woke to find his friend of 13 years lying dead on his bathroom.
Police were alerted by a friend Angelica Szczesniak and he was arrested two days later.
Detective Inspector Gavin Moss, said: “Koslowski managed to evade capture for a couple of days, but we did find him and I am delighted he has been jailed for killing a young man who had much to live for.
“Koslowski is now behind bars where he cannot be a danger to anyone else.”
Mr Galkowski’s s brother Bartlomiey Galkowski, and mother Lidia Galkowski, said: “For us, the sun stopped shining on the day Daniel died. He was a loving and wonderful child who was so full of life and never, in my worst nightmares, did I think he would meet with such a horrible death.”
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