‘Sex game gone wrong’ partner who lied caused destruction to the girl’s family

The heartbroken brother of a woman murdered by a lover speaks volumes about her gentleness and caring nature.

Amy Wierbeck was speaking after David Lukasz Miatas was told that he would have to serve at least 20 years in prison for the murder of Patrikja Wierbeck.

The court heard that there were previous reports of domestic abuse.

Ms Wirebeck’s younger brother, who moved with his family from Poland to Northern Ireland in 2006, said he had sent her a message months before the tragedy saying Mietus had threatened to kill her.

The 20-year-old was working at a Belfast care home when she met her killer via Facebook.

She quit her job and moved to Newry in December 2019 to be with him.

He thrashed her to death in a jealous rage on August 2, 2020.

She added to her family’s misery by claiming a “rough sex” defense. She told police that she and Petricza shared an interest in erotic asphyxiation and that she accidentally died during consensual sex.

“We know [it] was not true. The police were able to tell us that he had been hit on the head with a heavy object,” Mr Wierbek said.

“It still hurts that he said this. He tried to black out my sister’s name. It didn’t work. We knew what he said wasn’t true.”

As he was sentenced to life imprisonment, Mr. Justice O’Hara took note of the false claim that Patrikza had died in a sex game, which the judge said was an “attack on her good name”.

On the day of the murder, Miatas rides a bicycle to his aunt’s house and is told that he has killed Patrikza. His companion went a short distance to Mitas’ house, where he found Ms. Wierebeck’s body in the bath.

After a while Mitus was found in a neighbor’s garden with a knife. He was shot with a stun gun and arrested after a standoff.

A postmortem found that Ms Verebeck had died of “neck compression with blunt force injuries to the head”. She suffered multiple injuries, including a broken nose and cheekbone, cleft lip, and extensive injuries to her head and face.

Mr Justice O’Hara said that despite the differing accounts given by Mitus, it was clear that he was “immature and jealous”, and a line about ex-partners after consuming alcohol was “this gross and deadly appeared to trigger the attack”.

The Newry Crown Court, sitting in Belfast, heard that the defendants moved here in February 2019 and met with Ms Wierebeck in December. They soon moved in together.

Police attended a domestic incident at the couple’s home in March 2020. Four months later, a second violent incident occurred at a family barbecue.

The judge said the victim impact statement was filed by Ms Wierebeck’s father, stepmother and two of her four siblings, aged 10 and 17.

He told the court that Patrikja’s loved ones were “overwhelmed by the loss, and will remain so, they cannot understand”.

“They describe what a cheerful and happy young woman she was – close to her family and caring and loving,” he said.

“They remember her laughter and how she helped them in so many different ways.”

After the sentencing, Ms Wiebeck’s stepmother Ivona said the family was devastated.

“Patricja was a young woman who had put her whole life ahead of her and had a lot of plans for the future,” she said.

“She was a happy and beautiful person. She must be alive today to fulfill her plans and be with her family.

“Patricza was a lovely stepdaughter whom I will love forever. She will always be in my heart.”

Patrikza’s brother said that her sister was caring and kind.

“She would always check on me, she would call after work and bring me food,” he said.

“I don’t think the sentence is long enough – it should have been longer.

“Ever since Patricja was murdered, I’ve had a son, Anthony Joseph Wierbeck. He’s now four and a half months old. Patricza always talked about me having a baby, and now she’s here. She’s never met him and he never Wouldn’t know what a wonderful aunt she had.”

Justice Minister Naomi Long said the ban on rough sex defense began on April 28.

“It is now in law and in effect, which I very much welcome.” he said.

“An attempt by those who wish to cause grievous hurt or harm, including death, on intimate partners and then try to hide behind the defense that this ‘rough sex’ went wrong, is to blame the victim.” is a deliberate attempt to avoid taking responsibility for their violent conduct, and causes enormous injury and distress to the bereaved families.”