Pawel Sroka fatally stabbed his girlfriend, Joanna Trojniak
Pawel Sroka, 34, fatally stabbed his girlfriend, 29-year-old Joanna Trojniak to death in a fit of jealousy ‘after finding out she was leaving him from a Post Office forwarding notice’
Sroka has pled guilty to manslaughter, citing loss of control, but denies murder
Sroka, 34, is accused of stabbing Trojniak, 29, six times with a kitchen knife, including in the face and through the hand in their south London home, before giving himself a few non-threatening cuts
After the attack, Sroka dialed emergency and told them “my girlfriend was stabbed, stabbed with a knife”, then got into his car and fled the scene
A South London man, Pawel Sroka, has been charged with the stabbing death of his girlfriend. Pawel fatally stabbed 29-year-old Joanna Trojniak after a Post Office redirection notice tipped him off about her plans to leave him, a London court was told .
Sroka, 34, is accused of stabbing his live-in girlfriend, Trojniak, six times with a kitchen knife, including in the face and through the hand, in the living room of their home on March 23.
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She was planning to move on from her relationship with Sroka after she had grown close to a colleague at work. The prosecution told the court that the victim felt her relationship with her current boyfriend had run it’s course and was planning to move out of their shared residence.
She had contacted the Post Office to forward her mail to a colleague’s address where she was planning to stay after leaving Pawel Sroka.
However, the defendant found a letter confirming the mail forwarding, which was sent to the home the couple shared in Croydon, south London. The incident led to a row, during which he allegedly stabbed her six times. He then slashed her once, before turning the knife on himself then calling emergency responders to tell them his girlfriend had been stabbed, the court heard.
Sroka has pleaded guilty to manslaughter, citing loss of control, but denies murder.
Redirecting her mail to a colleague’s address cost Joanna Trojniak her life
Sroka made a swift getaway from the scene, driving away in his car, and was later found crying for help, the jury was told.
Prosecutor,Jeremy told the court: “After Miss Trojniak returned home from work, the defendant attacked her and stabbed her to death with a kitchen knife in the living room of the home that they shared.
“He then, it appears, called 911and drove off in his car, but not before he had stabbed himself a couple of times in the chest, leaving Miss Trojniak to be found dying by the emergency services.”
About an hour and a half later, local residents saw him in the car in a nearby street crying for help.
David Jeremy said: “Help in the form of police and paramedics arrived, and they were able to treat him medically, take him to hospital and ensure that he survived. Noting that
by Wednesday the March 23rd, the relationship between this defendant and Trojniak was coming to an end.
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Trojniak had moved on with someone with whom she worked, at Nando’s in Colliers Wood. She had confided in friends and colleagues in the weeks leading up to her death that
Leaving Mr Sroka, was not something that she relished. She told them she feared an aggressive reaction
She worried that he would not accept it. She worried that he would track her down, and make life difficult for her.
“She was scared of him, and what he might be capable of doing”
Continuing, Jeremy told the court that a week before her death, Trojniak had a discussion with her manager at work, and told him she planned to run away.
“She wasn’t simply going to have to leave. She was going to have to run away, and conceal her tracks,” recalling that her previous attempt to break up with Sroka led to his locking her in a room and becoming aggressive.
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When her manager asked her why she did not just walk out and leave, her responded “are you crazy, he will kill me”. She went on to repeat her fears to other friends, as well.
To avoid possible repercussion, she wanted to ensure that he wouldn’t be able to find out where she had gone, she therefore arranged with the Post Office to forward her mail to the address of some of her colleagues from work.
“Unfortunately, the Post Office’s confirmation of this arrangement was mailed to her current address.”
Sroka and Trojniak on vacation
The prosecution told the court that while the victim was at work, Sroka opened the letter. Judging by text and Whatsapp messages that ensued “You will see that he was clearly very angry
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and upset, and her response was essentially that they would talk when she got home.” The messages were retrieved from both their phones.
The last text Trojniak sent her colleague and new friend, said “I am going home now, I need to talk, no other choice. Don’t know what going to happen and how it’s going to finish today”, jurors were told.
The prosecution stated that the victim arrived home about 7.30pm that evening, and just over an hour later, she was dead. Shortly after Sroka dialled emergency and told them “my girlfriend was stabbed, stabbed with a knife”, and then made his getaway, the court heard.
Paramedics pronounced Trojniak dead at the scene. The trial continues.