Murder trial: Mum 'killed' in Lincoln home had history of self-harm says nephew
A woman allegedly killed by her son in Lincoln had a history of self-harm, her nephew claimed.
Margaret Krawcewicz died on October 12 last year after being hit over the head “six or seven times” – causing bleeding on the brain and her brain to swell.
Her son, Kazik Pasierbek, 39, denies killing her at the home they shared in St Botolph’s Crescent, Lincoln.
And as the defence case opened, Mrs Krawcewick’s nephew told jurors at Derby Crown Court that he had seen her hitting herself over the head in the past.
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“I witnessed my aunt punch herself,” Anthony Biegel said.
“This was something over a number of years, not weeks or months.
“I thought she was doing it because she was frustrated with herself. She was a very proud woman and I think she was frustrated and agitated with her state of health.
“Most of the time she would make a fist and strike that towards her face just below the eyes. I have also seen her with an open hand hitting the side of her head.
“I saw her do it somewhere between 10 and 99 times.
“It happened from around the year 2000 to the day she died.”
Mr Biegel went on to tell the court that Mrs Krawcewicz sometimes blamed her son for the bruises.
“On a few occasions she blamed my cousin,” he added.
“That was totally impossible because he was not there.
“On one occasion I went through to the kitchen to make a cup of tea and I heard some noise in the background.
“I saw my aunt doing it and I stopped her.
“I went and finished the tea and then she said ‘my head is a bit sore’ and she would say it wasn’t her, it was Kasik.
“She did not always blame him.”
Mr Biegel also told the court that Mrs Krawcewicz used to blame Pasierbek for her bruises even when he lived in Brighton.
The trial continues.