Two men have been found guilty of murder after sneaking into the victim’s Pinner home.
Rafal Zabiecki, 48, was asleep when Jakub Molga and Andrej Kolecki went into his house on February 20, 2023 and launched an attack that left him with terrible injuries. Sadly, he died at the scene.
A jury at Woolwich Crown Court heard how Molga beat Rafal with a wooden table leg, hitting him so hard that the piece of furniture broke. Molga re-armed himself with a heavier piece of wood and continued his attack, finally pouring boiling water over Rafal’s feet. He was filmed by his friend, Kolecki, on his phone.
Officers immediately launched an investigation and pieced together CCTV and phone evidence, along with fingerprints in the property in Howards Close. After Molga’s arrest on February 24, 2023 officers recovered the video that Kolecki had filmed despite it having been deleted.
They gathered enough evidence to charge Molga (also known as Leon Pedrycz), 26, of Romford Road, E7, with murder on February 27.
Andrej Kolecki, 61, of Chaplin Road, Cricklewood, was arrested on February 26. He was also charged with murder on February 27.
Detective Inspector Lucy Carberry said: “Molga’s claims that he didn’t intend to cause him serious harm are staggering – it was clear that Molga and Kolecki went there with a plan. From the start, we knew we had to prove that this was a case of murder and that they had intended to seriously harm him.
“The team spent hours building the case against Molga and Kolecki, so that they could be properly held to account for their heartless crimes that day, and give Mr Zabieki’s family a small degree of comfort knowing that they were brought to justice.”
Rafal’s sister Magdalena said: “I am so happy that the jury have made the right decision. Although it can never bring Rafal back I feel that we have got justice for him and the rest of the family. I would like to thank the police investigation team for everything they have done and the support they have provided to us.”
The pair will be sentenced at the Old Bailey on Friday, February 2.