Two men have been jailed for manslaughter after a nighttime attack in August last year which left a man dead from a single, fatal, punch.
Marek Krukowski, 30, from Havelock Street in Kettering, and Dominik Maruszak, 29, from Digby Street in Kettering, both appeared at Northampton Crown Court today (Friday, March 21) where they were jailed for a total of 12 years.
The pair faced trial in January this year over the death of 22-year-old Kamil Gumowski, a Polish man living in Kettering who was killed outside the Euro Food Centre in Silver Street.
Northampton Crown Court heard how Krukowski, who pleaded guilty in the fourth day of the trial, felled Gumowski with a single punch while Maruszak encouraged and assisted him.
Judge Rupert Mayo said Gumowski had done nothing to provoke the attack.
At today’s sentencing hearing a statement was read out from Kamil Gumowski’s girlfriend, who has since moved back to Poland.
She said the couple had planned to marry and start a family and that her boyfriend’s death had devastated her.
She also described being with him in hospital after his death begging him to wake up, and added that she wished she had died too.
Handing Krukowski a sentence of six years and six months in prison for manslaughter, Judge Mayo said: “This was a powerful punch which made the victim’s head flip backwards and he received the fatal injury when he fell to the floor.
“What you did afterwards was despicable. You did not help the victim. Instead, you went to a nightclub and you and your co-accused shook hands in a congratulatory manner.”
Maruszak was jailed for five years and six months. Judge Mayo said he accepted that he had played a lesser role but had still assisted in the attack.
The court was told that the two men could be deported back to Poland, but that decision lies with the relevant Home Secretary.