Slawomir Dziob denies murder of man found floating in drain
Police recovered the body of Polish man from a drain in Boston after it was spotted floating in the water, a murder trial jury was told.
Jan Pawel Stochnialek, 28, was identified from finger print records after police divers pulled his body from South Forty Foot Drain in January last year.
Slawomir Dziob, 35, of Hadley Street, Salford, Greater Manchester, denies murdering Mr Stochnialek between 23 December 2011 and 25 January 2012.
The jury at Lincoln Crown Court heard Mr Stochnialek was found dead in the waterway off Wyberton West Road on Wednesday, January 25, 2012.
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He was last seen alive at a Christmas Eve party he attended with his girlfriend and two other friends.
The jury was told that during the evening Mr Stochnialek was seen to become involved in a heated discussion with Dziob.
Adam Pearson, prosecuting, read out a number of admitted facts which are not disputed in the case.
Mr Pearson told the jury: "At 12.30pm on 25 January 2012 members of the public saw a body floating in South Forty Foot Drain near the junction with Wyberton Road.
"The police were called at 12.43pm. A police dive team arrived. At 2.57pm the body was pulled out of the drain."
The jury heard a forensic scientist who compared water samples taken from the drain and Mr Stochnialek concluded he was not breathing when he entered the water and did not drown.
Mr Pearson told the jury Mr Stochnialek was subsequently identified from finger prints records given by him after he was stopped driving a car on 4 December 2011.
Following his death Mr Stochnialek was also identified by the police officer who stopped him on that occasion. At the time Mr Stochnialek gave his address as The Laurels, Boston.
The jury heard Mr Stochnialek had registered with a local employment agency and worked for Bakkavor Pizza on three occasions in early December 2011.
Mr Pearson said Dziob applied for a job with Glendale Foods on 3 January 2012 and gave his address as Hadley Street, Greater Manchester.
The trial continues.