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By Steve Bradley
Marcin Bartosz Kutko was sentenced to 20 years in prison for attempted murder, ABH, theft dwelling and possession of cannabis.
A Midland man was found hanged at home after anxiously waiting for a knife thug to be tried for his attempted murder.
Radoslaw Ziomek, 36, was petrified of reprisals after being stabbed by Marcin Kutko during a visit to see his girlfriend in London, an inquest heard.
The Polish national was discovered by housemate Mariusz Wrobel hanging from a tree in the garden of their shared home in Woodard Road, Tipton, on July 10.
Mr Ziomek had been tormented by thoughts that Kutko, eventually jailed in October for 20 years for attempted murder, actual bodily harm, theft and possession of cannabis, would seek revenge against him for going to the police, Black Country coroner Robin Balmain was told.
Kutko, of Preston Road, Wembley subjected Mr Ziomek and his girlfriend to a terrifying knife attack on April 19, Harrow Crown Court heard.
But in a victim statement to police, Mr Ziomek said his physical injuries were ‘non-existent compared with the mental ones’.
In the statement, he said he ‘stared at one spot on the wall for hours on end’ while trying to get to sleep, but regularly lay awake until 3am, using alcohol and anti-depressants and undergoing counselling to try to deal with his terror.
He told police he had lost his job as his concentration nosedived and was ‘frightened of harm’ in relation to the trial.
“I was informed by friends that the defendant had been asking on the phone about me while he was in custody,” he said.
Fellow Pole Mr Wrobel, who had known Mr Ziomek for eight years, invited him to the UK in 2012 and helped him to find work. In a written statement to the coroner he said Kutko had been the ex-partner of Mr Ziomek’s girlfriend.
Mr Balmain stopped short of ruling that Mr Ziomek had committed suicide, but said in a short narrative conclusion he had hanged himself while under the influence of alcohol.
After Kutko was sentenced, DC Lauren Hitchings of Metropolitan Police said: “Marcin Kutko is a dangerous man who subjected his victims to a terrifying ordeal.”