Murder trial jury to visit Boston garden where body of Janusz Smoderek was found
THE jury in the murder trial of a Polish factory worker are to visit Boston today.
The jury will visit the scene in Sleaford Road, where the body of Janusz Smoderek was found in September 2011.
Boston man Stephen Sleaford is accused of the alleged murder of Mr Smoderek, who was found to have sustained five stab wounds.
The visit will require the closure of Sleaford Road, from the Fitness First junction, up to the junction with Brothertoft Road, plus a small part of Carlton Road and the closures are expected to be in place from 11am until 1pm, on an intermittent basis.
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Janusz Smoderek, 48, could have "walked and talked" for minutes before collapsing at the spot where he was found dead, a home office pathologist told the trial taking place at Lincoln Crown Court.
Sleaford, 38, denies knifing Smoderek, 48, after going to help a crying 18-year-old as she was sexually assaulted by the Polish flower packer.
A murder trial jury was told Sleaford and two friends were walking home from the Axe and Cleaver pub in Boston when they heard the girl's "hysterical screams" after Smoderek grabbed both of her breasts.
Smoderek, whose wife had remained in their native Poland, had earlier been spotted "hovering" around the town centre on CCTV after visiting the Dream Girls lap dancing club.
The prosecution accept Sleaford at first acted in a "lawful and praise worthy" manner when he and another man separated Smoderek from the frightened teenager who was targeted as she walked home alone at 4am.
But having intervened to help the girl and to make sure Smoderek was no longer a threat it is alleged Sleaford then knifed the sex attacker in the chest as they wrestled on the floor.
A home office pathologist who examined Smoderek's body after he was found in a garden on Sleaford Road the following morning said the factory worker had sustained five stab wounds to his chest area.
Professor Guy Rutty told Lincoln Crown Court one of the wounds was 16cm long and had penetrated the lower part of Smoderek's right lung.
But Professor Rutty concluded the injury which caused Smoderek's death was another wound to the left side of his chest which penetrated his heart sack and left a hole in his heart which led to fatal internal bleeding.
Dr Rutty told the jury "moderate force" would have been needed to inflict the stab wounds.
The jury heard a bruise consistent with Smoderek receiving one punch was found on his face but there was no evidence of any defensive injuries from a knife. Other injuries to Smoderek's body could be explained by him falling through a hedge.
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.