MURDER TRIAL: Jury hears how victim was ‘stabbed in the heart’

Stephen Sleaford
Stephen Sleaford

A man is accused of stabbing a stranger to death - including a blow that ‘pierced’ his heart - after going to the aid of a young woman who was walking home alone after a drunken night out.

Boston 38-year-old Stephen Sleaford is alleged to have knifed Janusz Smoderek, 48, after going to help the woman who was receiving unwanted attention” from the Polish father-of-three.

A murder trial jury at Lincoln Crown Court was today told that Sleaford acted lawfully at first when he and another man separated Mr Smoderek from the woman after coming across them on their way home from a pub in Boston.

But Tim Spencer, QC, prosecuting told the court Mr Sleaford then pulled out a knife and stabbed Mr Smoderek when he was no longer a threat to anybody else.

Sleaford, of no fixed address, denies the murder of Janusz Smoderek on September 11, 2011,

The trial which is expected to last four weeks continues.

See more on this story in tomorrow’s Boston Standard.