Police say they hope bringing an ‘untouchable’ offender to justice will help give the Polish community confidence in them.
Slawomir Dziob, 35, of Hadley Street, Salford, Greater Manchester, had denied the murder of Jan Pawel Stochnialek, 28, who was found dead in the South Forty Foot Drain, off Wyberton West Road, on Wednesday, January 25, 2012.
A jury today found him guilty.
Chief Superintendent Paula Wood said: “There is a flourishing Polish community in Boston, with whom we have maintained a close connection throughout the investigation into Mr Stochnialek’s murder.
“It became apparent at an early stage that this community regarded the offender as, in some way, ‘untouchable’ and that there was a lack of confidence in the police’s ability to bring him to justice.
“I hope that today’s successful outcome offers reassurance to all our communities in Boston and Lincolnshire that such worries were groundless.
“The dedication and perseverance of DCI Hewson and all members of his investigating team, should send the clear message that, regardless of nationality or criminal reputation, those who harm our communities will be found and brought before the court.”
Police have said that in March this year, Piotr Firlit, Oktawiusz Siemieniuk and Bartlomiej Marszalkiewicz appeared at Leicester Crown Court, where they pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice and were sentenced to 26 months in prison.