WARNING: DISTRESSING DETAILS Dariusz Michalowski was missing from his home in Huddersfield for nine years until it transpired he had been tortured, murdered and buried in an unmarked grave
Two thugs who tortured a dad to death before leaving his daughter wondering where he was for nine years have been jailed for a collective 66 years.
Dariusz Michalowski was humiliated and left to die an agonising death in a gruesome torture in 2011. The victim’s body was only discovered in 2020 when a witness came forward to report how Adam Towlinski and Ernest Weber had stabbed him to death.
The 44-year-old former police officer from Poland had moved to the UK and had been sharing a home in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, in 2011 when he was killed. Disturbing details were heard during a trial how Mr Michalowski was forced to perform a sex act on a dog by the two as well as eat the contents of an ashtray, before being stabbed to death.
Towlinski, 39, 46-year-old Weber and Weber’s brother Piotr Weber, 43 – the latter two of whom were cousins of Mr Michalowski’s wife – then took his body to a reservoir, abandoning him overnight as they were nearly caught by police. The three returned the next day to bury him, where he lay undiscovered until the tip-off three years ago.
Mr Michalowski, who had met Towlinski and Weber at a garage where they had worked, was later reported missing but the trail went cold until 2020. His wife, Adita, told in a harrowing statement how their daughter would write to Santa every year while he remained missing, asking to help find her dad. She said her daughter would “prefer her dad over a gift”, YorkshireLive reports.
She added: “She would very often wake up at night crying thinking her dad was lying next to her…A police officer was once giving a lesson at her school adn this brought back memories of her dad and made my daughter cry. Things became more upsetting when we learned my husband had been murdered in such a cruel way. This was a terrible wrench and huge shock. We could not get over it.
“My daughter was still in high school…It is still a terrible wrench to this day. Up until the day she received this distressing news she hoped her dad would return home safe and sound.”
Barristers mitigating for the three defendants argued that, while the crime had been despicable, it had not been premeditated, nor did it bear the hallmarks of being considered “sadistic”. James Mulholland KC, for Towlinski, said both murderers had been drunk at the time “deflating total awareness of what the other person is doing”.
But Judge Tom Bayliss KC rejected the assertion the murder wasn’t sadistic, calling it “deliberate” and “the culmination of increased hostility towards him”. Sentencing, Judge Bayliss said: “There is only one sentence for murder – that is the sentence of imprisonment for life and that is the sentence I pass for Adam Towlinski and Ernest Weber.
“At the route of the fatal violence was antipathy, especially of the part of Ernest Weber. He had been a police officer in the town of Ernest Weber.” The judge sentenced Towlinksi and Ernest Weber to life with a minimum of 33 years for the murder, as well as preventing a legal burial and perverting the course of justice.
Piotr Weber, from Middlesborough, who Judge Bayliss said had not played a part in the murder but was “instrumental” in the burial received six years for perverting the course of justice and preventing a legal burial.
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