Andrezej Latoszewski, 36, and his long-term partner Agnieszka Kalinowska, 35, are accused of murdering her teenage son Sebastian Kalinowski, 15, in August 2021.
Andrezej Latoszewski, 36, is charged with the murder of his teenage stepson Sebastian Kalinowski, 15, in August 2021.
Latoszewski, of Huddersfield, is charged alongside his long-term partner and Sebastian’s mother Agnieszka Kalinowska, 35, Yorkshire Live reports.
The couple are understood to have both worked at YOH Burger before Sebastian’s death on August 13, 2021.
The pair are appearing at Leeds Crown Court, where they will be tried for murder.
Kalinowska and Latoszewski are also charged with manslaughter.
Latoszewski is also charged with causing or allowing the death of a child, Kalinowska has been charged with a like offence, and both are charged jointly with cruelty to a person under 16 years.
Particulars of this offence are that between January 1, 2021, and August 14, 2021, being a person who had attained 16 years and having responbility for Sebastian, a child under 16 years, willfully ill-treated and/or neglected Sebastian in a manner likely to cause him unnecessary suffering or injury to health.
They deny all of the allegations.
As he appeared in the dock, flanked by two dock officers, Latoszewski sported a grey sweatshirt and glasses.
Both he and Kalinowska will be assisted by two Polish-speaking interpreters throughout the trial. It is expected the trial will last seven weeks.
Sebastian was found with serious injuries by the ambulance service on Friday, August 13, 2021. He was originally from Poland and was a pupil at North Huddersfield Trust School, Fartown.
Tributes poured in for him following news of his death.
A neighbour said: “He was just a beautiful beautiful boy. He was a lovely kid. He loved football and used to kick a ball around all the time. He would play football outside with my grandchildren.
“He was a good, little footballer, who would practice flicking it over his head. My son is a semi-professional footballer and I used to think he ought to be in a team to develop his skills.
“Everyone will tell you that he would come home from school, do his chores and play football. He would be hitting the ball against the wall and flicking it over.
“He was such a beautiful boy. I can see him now, thinnish, tallish and just coming into his own as a young man. He would walk to school and back every day.”
Another neighbour, a young mum-of-one, said: “I can’t believe it, it has really shocked me, I am in total shock. Any child dying is really gutting.”
During the initial investigation, West Yorkshire Police said they were building a picture of Sebastian’s life. They said he had been in the UK for a limited amount of time, spoke limited English, and apparently had limited social contacts.
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