ulius Czapla’s mother said she will fight to ensure his father “never leaves prison” after he was found guilty of killing the toddler in a jealous rage on Wednesday.
Immediately after the jury found him guilty, judge Lord Beckett sentenced Lukasz Czapla to life in prison, with a minimum of 23 years before he can be considered for parole.
The High Court heard that after he discovered the youngster’s mother was in a new relationship, Czapla shot his son in the head with a BB gun, stabbed him with a skewer-like instrument and smothered him with a pillow.
The High Court in Edinburgh heard it was in an act of “revenge and jealousy” to “get back” at his former partner.
Patrycja Szczesniak released a statement following the guilty verdict at the High Court in Edinburgh.
She said: “Czapla should not have the right to any defence and we will fight to ensure that monster never leaves prison.
“I only wanted the best for you (Julius). If only I could only turn back time to have you in my arms again my child.”
Ms Szczesniak had separated from Czapla just two months before he murdered Julius at his home in the Muirhouse area of Edinburgh.
She added: “I wanted him to have contact with our son. I never stopped him seeing Julius. Julek 9Julius) loved him like every child loves their dad. He trusted him, he trusted him completely.
“Julius was murdered only for revenge. His dad wanted me to suffer, he succeeded and achieved his goal, at the cost of my beloved little boy’s life.
Julius Czapla was a happy, fun-loving little boy who trusted his father ‘completely’ (Police Scotland)
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“Every day I think about Julius. I can’t imagine what his little, helpless heart felt that night and I feel his fear and pain every day. He was part of me, part of my heart and soul.
“Every day I ask myself why there is so much evil in this world, why the innocent have to suffer.”
Alan Cameron, prosecuting, told the jury that Czapla’s fury and jealousy towards Ms Szczesniak is what motivated him to kill Julius.
He referred to text messages sent on the night of the murder where Czapla asked about her sex life and new partner, which she did not respond to.
Mr Cameron said: “What really set him off that night… was her refusal to answer questions about her new partner and their sex life – not about her son at all.”
He added: “He was furious with his ex-partner… in a fit of anger and spite he killed his son to hurt his former partner.”
Czapla had previously pleaded guilty to nine other charges on the indictment, including dangerous driving offences and possession of an air gun.
Sentences for each of these will run concurrently with his life sentence, the court heard.
Giving evidence during the trial, Czapla claimed that he killed his son because he had decided to end his own life and could not face leaving Julius behind without a father – like he had been.
Julius Czapla was murdered by his father Lukasz in November 2020 (Police Scotland)
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After shooting him in the head with the air gun, Czapla realised the toddler was still alive but paralysed, and proceeded to stab and smother him.
He previously told the court: “I did not want him to suffer at all, that was not my intention.
“I had this stupid idea from the TV that people just die instantly.”
Continuing her tribute Julius’ mother Ms Szczesniak said her son looked forward to regular contact with his grandmother and aunt and had a “strong relationship” despite the distance they lived.
She said: “That day, the world stopped, not only for me but also for my mother and my sister.
“Julius was a very happy child. He lit up the place wherever he showed up. He could put a smile on anyone’s face and always looked forward to calls with his grandma and auntie. They managed to build a strong relationship despite the distance in miles between us and enjoyed every minute they had together.
“It is breaking our hearts that we are no longer able to take his hand and lead him through life. To watch him enjoy riding his bike and eating his favourite ice cream. Listen to his giggling and laughing and being amazed by the things he learned every day.
“My suffering and my pain will stay with me for the rest of my life. But the unconditional love I have for my baby; my dearest child Julius will never end.
“My family, friends and l will miss him dearly and we will suffer his loss until the end of our days.”