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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Man mowed down neighbour after accusing him of imprisoning sex slave

A Carlisle man who mowed down his neighbour after accusing him of imprisoning a sex slave in his flat and allowing radiation from his microwave to penetrate his home is facing life in jail.

Polish victim Marcin Sieakiewicz desperately tried to cling onto the windscreen wipers and bonnet after he was swept off his feet by Denis Lee’s car but he slipped underneath and suffered serious injuries in August last year.

He told a jury that after Lee stopped his car further down the road he threatened that he would “return to finish what he had started” and also claimed it was all Mr Sieakiewicz’s fault.

Fifty-three-year-old Lee, of Chertsey Mount, Carlisle, denied causing grievous bodily harm with intent but was convicted by a Liverpool Crown Court jury.

The judge heard he had numerous previous convictions including taking handbags from women and then strangling them until they passed out.

A psychiatric report from 1991 recommended that he be detained indefinitely in a high security establishment.

Remanding him in custody to enable psychiatric and pre-sentence reports to be prepared Judge Andrew Hatton warned him he had “grave concerns” about public safety.

“At present I have in mind to give active consideration to imposing a life sentence.”

Elizabeth Muir, prosecuting, had told the jury during that the victim was living in a flat in Chertsey Mount with his pregnant girlfriend, Angelica, and they had had no problems until Lee moved into a flat above. During the first week, Lee raised concerns about the couple’s use of their microwave.

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