Killer boyfriend, 37, faces jail alongside his MOTHER who tried to help him flee the country after battering his 32-year-old partner to death
- Patryk Skupinski killed Marlene Doyle in a ‘vicious and savage attack’
A violent boyfriend faces being jailed alongside his mother after she tried to help him flee the country following the murder of his girlfriend.
Patryk Skupinski, 37, killed his partner Marlene Doyle, 32, in a ‘vicious and savage attack’ at their home in Coventry before hiding from police.
Officers forced entry to the second-floor property and discovered the victim with significant head injuries after a relative raised concerns for her welfare.
Nothing could be done to save the mother-of-three – whose body lay undiscovered for several days – and she was pronounced dead at the scene in Othello Court, on Shakespeare Street, on January 21.
Marlene’s family have branded her story ‘a warning to all women’.
Patryk Skupinski (pictured), 37, was convicted of murder at Coventry Crown Court yesterday
Marlene Doyle (pictured), 32, was killed by her partner in a ‘vicious and savage attack’ before her body lay undiscovered for several days
Skupinski was identified as the prime suspect after he could not be traced having gone to hide at the home of his mother Hanna Skupinski, 59, in Coventry.
A court heard his mother refused to open the door to officers and made enquiries around helping him leave the country before keeping him hidden for two days.
The cowardly killer was eventually arrested at the property and charged with murdering his girlfriend.
During the investigation, officers found Marlene had suffered domestic violence at the hands of Skupinski over a period of time before her death.
Yesterday he was convicted of murder at Coventry Crown Court while his mother was found guilty of assisting an offender after trying to help him avoid justice.
Police also found Skupinski had been in contact with two friends Michal Lada and Kinga Rybacka on January 15 and they had kept him hidden for three days.
Lada, 40, and Rybacka, 27, both of Blythe Road, Coventry, were also convicted of assisting an offender. They will all be sentenced at a later date.
After the verdicts, Marlene’s mother Gloria said: ‘Marlene’s life was taken by a partner with whom she shared a loving relationship with, but ultimately became toxic due to domestic violence issues including verbal and physical abuse towards her.
Killer’s mother Hanna Skupinski (pictured), 59, hid her son from police and tried to help him flee the country
Marlene Doyle was pronounced dead at the scene in Othello Court, on Shakespeare Street, on January 21
‘Marlene’s story should act as a warning to all women and men who find themselves within such relationships, and who choose to remain and keep quiet in the hope that the situation will improve.
‘Marlene paid with her life for not acting sooner, killed at the hands of a wicked man whom she loved and trusted.
‘Marlene will be forever missed by her three young sons and her ever loving family.’
Detective Sergeant Andy Wareham, from West Midlands Police, said: ‘This was a vicious and savage attack in a place, and with someone, Ms Doyle should have felt the safest.
‘It’s unclear what Skupinski used to attack Ms Doyle with but he left her with significant head injuries.
‘It quickly became clear her relationship with Skupinski was volatile and he was immediately our prime suspect.
‘He will quite rightly spend many, many years behind bars.
Michal Lada (pictured), 42, and Kinga Rybacka, 27, also helped killer Patryk Skupinski by keeping him hidden for three days
Both Michal Lada, 40, and Kinga Rybacka (pictured), 27, both of Blythe Road, Coventry, were also convicted of assisting an offender. They will all be sentenced at a later date
‘Sadly, there were others who were willing to try and help him stay hidden.
‘They were fully aware Ms Doyle was lying dead in the flat but were content to cover for a killer and not say anything.
‘There can never be a sense of loyalty when someone has committed the most gruesome act of murder and they are now also rightly convicted criminals.
‘We can only hope these convictions, and knowing people have been brought to justice, will ease some of the pain for Ms Doyle’s loved ones.’
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