Switalskis’ client acquitted in Ravensthorpe murder case

By Amarpal Singh, Solicitor

On 31st October 2016, Krzysztof Olszewski was convicted of the murder of Marcin Siarzynski. The victim’s body had been discovered in March 2016 by the side of the River Calder. It was ascertained that Marcin was murdered during the first half of 2015.

Marcin, Krzysztof and Krzysztof’s brother, our client, Pawel Olszewski, had lived together near the location the body was found. The two brothers were arrested on suspicion of Marcin’s murder following a public enquiry. They were the subject of an 11 day trial that took place at Leeds Crown Court in May 2016. The case has been widely reported in the local press.

Pawel denied having any involvement with the death of Marcin whilst Krzysztof accepted committing the offence of manslaughter by stabbing Marcin once, but denied committing the offence of murder.

Switalskis acted on behalf of Pawel, with Amarpal Singh acting as Solicitor, whilst Jim Littlehales, also of this firm, acted as Counsel. Jim Littlehales was led by Jason Pitter QC of New Park Court Chambers in Leeds.

Switalskis represented Pawel from his arrest; attending the police station, taking full instructions from him and preparing the case up to the trial itself. Throughout the trail, Pawel has maintained his innocence, stating that he was at his girlfriend’s property when Marcin was killed by his brother.

The case involved many complex issues, including that of a language barrier, obtaining details from Poland through third parties and identifying details overlooked by the police in bringing the case to court, primarily undisclosed information that had not been translated when taking witness statements.

Through the diligent work by Pawel’s representatives, he was found not guilty of the offence whilst Krzysztof was convicted of the offence of murder.

Switalskis’ specialist Criminal Defence team has a wealth of experience in representing clients charged with complex and serious crimes. Contact the team on 0800 138 0458, or for emergency advice outside office hours, please contact our 24-hour helpline on 07850 582427.