A murderous teenager who lured his 12-year-old pal to woodlands before killing and trying to decapitate him has been jailed for a minimum of 16 years.
Marcel Grzeszcz, 15, stabbed Roberts Buncis “in excess of 70 times” near Boston, Lincolnshire in December last year. He has been unmasked today after a judge lifted an order which protected his identity due to his age.
A trial heard previously that the defendant “intended at the very least to inflict serious violence” on his young victim because “he was a snitch”.
The horror attack happened on ground off Alcorn Green in Fishtoft – and came just two days before the victim’s 13th birthday.
The killer claimed Roberts had taken the knife to the scene and he “lost control” when the youngster attempted to stab him.
But jurors dismissed his account and instead concluded he was “motivated by anger and tried to punish the deceased rather than losing self-control”.
Grzeszcz, a 14-year-old at the time of the crime, had admitted manslaughter during his trial but denied murder.
However, he was found guilty of the more serious charge in July.
The Honourable Mr Justice Jeremy Baker sent him down for a minimum of 16 years and 36 days in prison today, reports LincolnshireLive.
Grzeszcz could be not be named until a High Court judge lifted reporting restrictions after he was sentenced.
The judge said of the defendant: “When the two of you met up in the wooded area, I’m satisfied while the deceased was unarmed and unaware of what was to take place, you came armed with a large knife and with latex gloves intending at that time, at the very least, to cause him serious bodily harm.”
Roberts had suffered fatal blows to his neck, chest and abdomen, during a “brutal and prolonged attack”, it was said previously.
Originally from Latvia, he was being raised by his single father Edgars Buncis, who brought him to the UK to give him a better life.
A victim impact statement written by the grieving dad was read to Lincoln crown court during the sentencing hearing.
He wrote: “How do I put into words how I feel? This is all wrong. No father should ever have to bury his son.”
Mr Buncis added that his son’s death for “drugs, fighting and girls” did not make sense.
He said: “I have lost my destination, my purpose.
“My life is in the cemetery.
“I feel empty, nothing will change this.”
Mary Loram QC, prosecuting, said Mr Buncis moved to England from Latvia when Roberts was seven.
She said: “Roberts made friends easily. Initially he did well at school. He took up sports including judo.
“His father worked hard. He did not have a lot but he made sure Roberts had what he needed.”
Brendan Kelly QC, defending, said that based on the evidence the defence conceded that at some point the intention to kill was formed.
He told the court: “There was at least some evidence that what happened was not the entire plan, that what happened went wrong.”
Mr Kelly described the killer as a troubled young man who suffered a period of chaos that was missed by his parents and unwittingly the authorities.
The court heard that after his conviction, and before the trial, he was asked how he felt about what he had done.
Mr Kelly said: “There’s an observation that he did feel regret for what happened.”
Det Chf Insp Richard Myszczyszyn, of Lincolnshire police, said: “This is an utterly tragic case.
“I would like to pay tribute to the people who loved Roberts, and had to deal with losing him in such brutal and horrific circumstances.
“Their support for our investigation has been unwavering, and their bravery has been an inspiration.
“Nothing could bring Roberts back, but our commitment was to try to find some semblance of justice for a grieving family and community.
“The act was utterly senseless and the consequences, devastating. It will be remembered by officers and ataff as one of the worst and saddest cases we have ever dealt with.
“The level of violence, and that it involved children, makes it almost incomprehensible.
“Roberts’s future was stolen and that is an injustice that cannot be undone. We hope today’s sentence might at least offer some closure to those affected.
“It’s a stark and chilling lesson on the potential devastation of knife crime.”