First pic: Murder accused's tragic existence

MARIUSZ Lipinski's life was like a Shakespearian tragedy.

MARIUSZ Lipinski's life was like a Shakespearian tragedy.

He is believed to have taken his wife's life because he could not live without her and then his own because he could not live with himself.

Today, two days after his body was found just after 3.15am on Wednesday in a Norwich Prison cell, friends of the 38-year-old who was accused of murdering Malgorzata Lipinska in a block of Duke Street flats last Friday spoke on his behalf.

Andrew Soltysik, a leading figure in Ipswich's Polish community, often helped translate for Lipinski as he could not speak English very well.

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The pair met last October when Lipinski worked at a paper recycling business near Hadleigh and his employers became worried about his health.

Mr Soltysik said: “They couldn't speak more highly of him. They said he was always working. His attitude and diligence were spot on.

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“They were concerned because he was ill and they couldn't put their finger on what the problem was. Mariusz said 'I have got this pain, I feel sick and have not been eating'.”

It was obvious Lipinski had been drinking and soon he was telling Mr Soltysik about the problems he was having with his 38-year-old wife.

Lipinski, an alcoholic, registered with a doctor in Wellington Street, Ipswich, but when he went to the surgery the doctor said she would be unable to do anything until he was sober. When he returned a few days later, he was referred to Ipswich Hospital.

Mr Soltysik said: “I sat with him for a couple of hours in the waiting area. He started to open up a lot. I could see he was very agitated. He was having problems with his wife. He was emotional to the point where he was very impatient.”

Lipinski was kept in for observation due to his stomach cramps, but discharged himself overnight.

At the time Lipinski was in his flat in Siloam Place, near Duke Street, living on his own after splitting from his wife, although he wanted the relationship to work.

Mr Soltysik said Lipinski blamed his wife for taking all his possessions and leaving him with nothing.

Lipinksi told him that back in Poland he had a successful haulage business until it collapsed before he came to England.

Over the last month or so Lipinski was homeless, sleeping on park benches and relying on handouts from a hostel on the corner of Old Foundry Road and Great Colman Street, before bedding down in a tent in the grounds of St Margaret's Church. He also lived in Ipswich's Cemetery Road for a while.

Mr Soltysik said: “Mariusz was a loner, but he was cultured. He always called me sir and was not yobbish. He was like Jekyll and Hyde. That's what alcohol does to you.”

Another friend described Lipinski as a “good guy” and “polite”. She said when she saw him his only belongings were two bags of clothes and his was bitter about his wife, accusing her of taking everything he had.

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