Adam Krolikowski, 32, died after the knife attack at his wife Anna’s 27th birthday celebration. She has admitted manslaughter, a plea the prosecution accepted
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A mum-of-two who stabbed her defenceless husband to death on her birthday after accusing him of cheating has been jailed for six years.
Adam Krolikowski, 32, died after suffering a 9cm-deep stab wound to his chest as he celebrated his wife Anna Krolikowska’s 27th birthday on April 24 this year.
Krolikowska, of Duncombe Gardens, Grimsby, admitted manslaughter, on the basis of diminished responsibility, and possessing an offensive weapon.
She had originally been charged with murdering her husband but the prosecution accepted the guilty plea to manslaughter after consulting police and the victim’s family, GrimsbyLive reports.
The court heard that Krolikowska stabbed him in the heart during a confrontation after large amounts of vodka were drunk at her birthday celebration.
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Richard Wright QC, prosecuting, said the couple had been hosting a barbecue at the home they shared with their children.
“Their young children were present as were friends and family members,” said Mr Wright.
Mr Krolikowski is said to have kicked his wife before the barbecue and she complained about the assault to their friend and showed him a large bruise on her thigh.
“During the party, a very significant amount of alcohol was consumed by those present,” said Mr Wright.
“At least six full-sized bottles of vodka were shared by the six adults present and this included the defendant, who was extremely drunk.
“She had been drinking since the morning.”
The party was winding down by 6pm and by 8pm, the friend was ready to leave. He witnessed an argument between the couple but said this was not unusual.
“In this argument, she was shouting at the deceased and calling him a traitor and a son of a bitch,” said Mr Wright.
The defendant appeared to believe that her husband was unfaithful to her and used the services of prostitutes.
Mr Krolikowski said he was going to walk home with the friend and took hold of her arms to push her away from him.
She pursued them – not wearing shoes – and had armed herself with a knife. She shouted: “I will kill you.”
Krolikowska claimed, however, that she was shouting that she would kill herself.
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“The fact remains that she armed herself with a knife, pursued the deceased with it and, when she caught up with him, stabbed him in the chest,” said Mr Wright.
“Before she did so, she was calling the deceased a whore and a traitor.
“The deceased did not react to the abuse being shouted and did not offer any violence. His only action was defensive.”
Mr Krolikowski suffered a single 9cm-deep stab wound to the left side of his chest.
He was taken to hospital by ambulance but died that evening despite efforts to restart his heart.
The level of force used was mild to moderate. He had briefly grappled with his wife.
Krolikowska initially attempted to conceal the knife and pretended that others had attacked and stabbed her husband, the court heard.
She later showed police where she had put the knife and admitted stabbing him, although she claimed she had not intended to do so.
The couple, from Poland, had been together for about 14 years and married for about two years. They had two young children.
The defendant claimed that violence started within a year of their marriage, with the worst incident in 2015 or 2016 when he hit and kicked her. The most recent incident had been in the previous November, she said.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.