A Court Hears How Tomasz Dembler Was Beaten To Death & Had His Hands Removed Before Being Buried

A court has heard how a father-of-one whose body was discovered buried in a shallow grave had likely been beaten to death after a post mortem revealed he had suffered horrendous injuries, including a broken back.

Tomasz Dembler's body was discovered on 12 April, 2021, with devastating injuries
Tomasz Dembler's body was discovered on 12 April, 2021, with devastating injuries

39-year-old Tomasz Dembler was found with a broken back, broken jaw, 15 fractured ribs, cuts to his mouth and lips, and severe bruising to his head, back, chest, as well as his hands cut off.

His remains were found on April 12 last year, near Flatts Lane Country Park in Normanby, North Yorkshire, England.

The post mortem revealed that he had likely been repeatedly kicked and stamped on and that the injuries to his neck could have been caused by pressure from his attacker's arm.

On Monday, Teesside Crown Court heard that a Home Office pathologist's report showed that Tomasz Dembler's injuries would likely have impaired the use of his lower body and potentially "impaired his ability to breath."

The report also stated that hypostasis had already set in prior to Tomasz Dembler being buried, suggesting he was already dead, also stating that his hands had likely been cut off after he had died.

Five Polish nationals - one woman and four men are on trial at Teesside Crown Court accused of the murder of Tomasz Dembler.

The remains of Tomasz Dembler were found near Flatts Lane Country Park in Normanby, North Yorkshire
The remains of Tomasz Dembler were found in Woodland near Flatts Lane Country Park in Normanby, North Yorkshire

The defendants, Zbigniew Pawlowski, 41, of Newport; Rafal Chmielewski, 37, of Grangetown; Tomasz Reczycki, 37, of Middlesbrough; Adam Czerwinski, 45, of North Ormesby; and Monika Solerska, 37, of Grangetown, all deny murder.

The prosecution has said that Tomasz was killed in the early hours after 3.35 am on Sunday, March 21, sometime after he answered a phone call from a friend who was asking him for a lift.

Peter Makepeace QC, told the court that Tomasz Dembler was killed that morning before being buried in a shallow grave near Flatts Lane Country Park in Normanby, where he said that it was "a miracle" he was found.

The prosecution played the court CCTV footage which showed six separate journeys that some of the defendants had made between Dembler's house on Edward Street and Flatts Lane, all of which they say took place after Tomasz had been killed.

Peter Makepeace told the jury that the first journeys they made were "reconnaissance trips to see where they could dispose of the body."

It was weeks after the death that Tomasz Dembler's body was found, on April 12, two girls who were having a picnic in the woods, saw his toes sticking out of the ground and called the police.

The court also heard that some of the defendants had started blaming each other for the murder.

Peter Makepeace told the jury that Chmielewski will claim that he saw Zbigniew Pawlowski beat Tomasz Dembler to death and that Pawloski threatened him with a gun to his head when he wanted to call an ambulance.

Mr Makepeace continued, saying Chmielewski claims that Pawloski cut off Mr Dembler's hands and put them into a suitcase.

The prosecution stated that Chmielewski's girlfriend, Monika Solerska - the only woman to be accused - claims she stayed upstairs on the night of the alleged party in Edward Street and was unaware of anything that happened.

However, the prosecution says that Solerska, was captured on CCTV driving her Mercedes up Ormesby Bank to the burial site on Sunday, March 21, Solerska claims that the journey was simply for social reasons.

The prosecution told the silent courtroom that Adam Czerwinski last saw Mr Dembler in his downstairs bedroom, in the small terraced house that he shared with him and others, and Tomasz Dembler was with Pawlowski.

Like Chmielewski, the prosecution says that Tomasz Reczycki will claim that he witnessed Pawlowski beat up Dembler and that he was too frightened to intervene.

The court heard that Pawlowski's defence will say that he left Edward Street at 11 pm that night and knew nothing of a murder.

Tomasz Dembler arrived in the UK 20 years ago from Poland. It is said that his life went downhill following the breakup with the mother of his child. After this, he moved to Middlesbrough and rented a room in Adam Czerwinski's terrace house, the same house that the prosecution claim he was murdered in.

Peter Makepeace added that Tomasz had become distant with him his family, who struggled to accept his heavy drinking and drug use. The last message sent to his mother in Poland said "leave me alone."

The trial continues - we will keep you updated as the case progresses.


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