Posted on 13th February 2019
Sofija Kaczan on her 100th birthday
A 40-year-old man has been found guilty of the manslaughter and robbery of a 100-year-old Derby woman.
Sofija Kaczan was walking along Empress Road, Normanton, on Monday, May 28, 2018, when she was violently robbed of her handbag.
Mrs Kaczan, who was on her way to her local church, suffered a broken spine, a fractured cheekbone and severe bruising to her arm as a result of the incident.
The 100-year-old, who had only recently celebrated her birthday, was taken to hospital, however, nine days after the incident she tragically passed away.
Artur Waszkiewicz, of Wolfa Street, Derby, denied a charge of manslaughter and robbery. However, today he was found guilty of both charges.
DCI Darren De’ath, who led the investigation into the incident, said: “This was a horrendous crime that shocked me, my colleagues, the community in which it happened and indeed the whole country.
“Mrs Kaczan survived the Nazi occupation of Poland before coming to Derby in 1948 to start her life afresh.
“She was an incredible woman, who was well known and much loved in the community.
“Having just celebrated her 100th birthday she was in remarkable health - and was seen regularly walking to the church close to her him in Normanton.
“On that morning Artur Waszkiewicz showed absolutely no concern for Mrs Kaczan and his actions resulted in her death.
“I welcome the today’s verdict and hope it brings some closure to her friends and family to know the man responsible has been brought to justice.”