A teenager accused of helping a friend try to murder his former girlfriend, who was buried alive in a cardboard box, has chosen not to give evidence in his own defence.
Patryk Borys helped Marcin Kasprazak bind Michelina Lewandowska with parcel tape and to carry her in the box to a car before she was driven to woodland off Woodside Road, Huddersfield.
Once there the prosecution claim the box was buried in a “shallow grave” where the two men left her.
Kasprazak, 26 of Penistone Road, Huddersfield and Borys, 18 of Rashcliffe Hill Road, Huddersfield both deny attempted murder on May 28.
The jury at Leeds Crown Court has heard that Miss Lewandowska, 27, the mother of Kasprazak’s three-year-old son, managed to escape and flag down a passing motorist.
Kasprazak told the jury in evidence he never intended to kill Miss Lewandowska only to scare her and would have returned for her.
He said he was unhappy about her treatment of their son and wanted her to leave but for their son to remain so he could bring him up.
David Hatton QC defending Borys told the jury yesterday he would not be called to give evidence. Judge Peter Collier QC asked him if his client had been advised that the jury “may draw such inferences as appear proper” following that decision and was told he had been so advised.
Statements were read to the jury from members of the Huddersfield Polish community describing Borys as polite and hard working.
The trial continues.