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Colchester: Mark Czapla sentenced to minimum of 23 years for murdering ex-girlfriend Kirsty Humphrey

11:35 03 April 2014

Mark Paul Czapla

Mark Paul Czapla

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A man has today been jailed for life for murdering his former partner in her Colchester home.

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Mark Czapla, of Queen Elizabeth Way, Colchester was found guilty of murdering Kirsty Humphrey at Chelmsford Crown Court yesterday. He stabbed the 23-year-old to death in her lounge.

Czapla, who worked as a groundsman at the time of the murder, did not give evidence to the court. The jury found him guilty based on the evidence they heard. The 24-year-old was arrested soon after the murder which took place in Kirsty’s home in Queen Elizabeth Way, on Wednesday, September 4, 2013.

Senior Investigating Officer, DCI Simon Werrett, said: “The death of Kirsty Humphrey was premature and should not have happened. Czapla has deprived a family of their daughter and a child of their mother. His actions have affected several lives. He also has not admitted his involvement or showed remorse, putting a child through the emotion and stress of giving live evidence in a crown court case. I wish to again thank the family for their support in this investigation and my team in bringing this dangerous individual to justice.”

Czapla was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum tariff of 23 years.

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