20 years for burying woman alive
A man who attempted to murder his girlfriend by burying her alive in a cardboard box has been jailed for 20 years.
Marcin Kasprzak, 26, attacked Michelina Lewandowska with a Taser, bound and gagged her and buried her under soil, leaves and an 88lb tree branch in woodland near their home in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.
Miss Lewandowska, 27, escaped from the box after around an hour by using her engagement ring to cut herself free.
Kasprzak, of Penistone Road, was found guilty at Leeds Crown Court of attempted murder. His friend Patryk Borys, 18, of Rashcliffe Hill Road, Huddersfield, who helped in the kidnap, was cleared of attempted murder.
Both men admitted kidnap at a previous hearing. Kasprzak also admitted possessing a prohibited weapon.
The Recorder of Leeds, Judge Peter Collier QC, said this was a "planned attempt to kill".
He said: "It was your intention that she should not be found and it was your intention that she would die there. The death you intended would have been long and slow. It is mind-numbingly awful to imagine the sort of death you intended her to die."
Borys was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in a young offenders institute for his part in the kidnap.
The judge told the court how Kasprzak used a Taser to stun Miss Lewandowska before he and Borys bound her feet "securely and effectively" with tape and gagged her. The pair kept her tied up in the house for around six hours before they put her into the cardboard box, taped it up and drove to a "deserted wooded area" where Kasprzak buried her.
Judge Collier described how Kasprzak and Borys then used Miss Lewandowska's bank card to withdraw £500 from a cash machine. He said: "Fortunately, she escaped. Her raw determination to survive for the sake of your son is undoubtedly what saved her."