Ex-Holbeach man detained in secure facility under hospital order after killing cell-mate

Krysztof Mroz
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Ex-Holbeach resident Krysztof Mroz, 36, has been detained in a secure facility under a hospital order after being found guilty of manslaughter with diminished responsibility.

During the four day trial at Stafford Crown Court the jury in the case heard that Mroz, formerly of Spencer Gardens, Holbeach, killed 73-year-old Alan Goode in the cell they both shared at HMP Lincoln.

Mr Goode, from Wigston in Leicester, was found dead in the cell in HMP Lincoln early on the morning of Thursday October 31 2013.

Mroz was charged with murder, but during the course of the trial jurors heard from medical experts that Mroz was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia at the time of the attack and while he was responsible for Mr Goode’s death he had been affected by an “abnormality in mental functioning.”

As such, the jury returned a guilty verdict of manslaughter with diminished responsibility.

Trial judge His Honour Judge John Wait said he would issue the mandatory hospital order under section 37 of the Mental Health Act for Mroz to be detained at a secure facility.

He also issued a restriction order under section 41 of the Mental Health Act without limit of time.

Speaking following the culmination of the case, Detective Inspector Helen Evans, the Senior Investigating Officer, said: “I am satisfied with both the jury’s verdict and the Judge’s ruling because this is an appropriate outcome in this case, which has been truly tragic for all involved.

“Mroz will be detained in a secure establishment where he will not be a danger to anyone else and will also be given the treatment he needs.

“This has been a difficult enquiry and our sympathies lie with the friends or Mr Goode who had no known family.”