A man who stabbed his gamer girlfriend to death in a ‘savage, ferocious and frenzied’ rage after eavesdropping on her conversations, hacking her Facebook and locking her in her own flat has been jailed for life.
Klaudia Soltys was described as ‘always cheerful’ and ‘very sociable’ and someone who was ‘loved by everyone’ by her devastated mother.
The 30-year-old victim who ‘loved life’ and was ‘always smiley’ was repeatedly stabbed in the neck by her enraged boyfriend on March 27.
He had become jealous of her online chats with others, including one man in particular, during internet gaming sessions.
Amadeusz Sekula, 21, of Lambert Street, Hull, stabbed defenceless Miss Soltys in the neck repeatedly and left her in a pool of blood.
Sekula habitually monitored what his girlfriend was doing online, eavesdropped on her conversations and locked her in the flat before losing his tempter and stabbing her, Hull Crown Court heard.
He pleaded guilty to murder after already admitting the lesser charge of manslaughter earlier.
Jason Pitter QC, prosecuting, said that Sekula ‘brutally murdered’ Miss Soltys in a ‘final controlling act in the embers of a dying relationship’ with her.
‘There was never any dispute as to whether he was responsible for the killing,’ said Mr Pitter.
Klaudia Soltys, 30 (pictured), ‘loved life’ and was ‘always smiley’. She was repeatedly stabbed in the neck by her enraged boyfriend Amadeusz Sekula on March 27
Sekula and Miss Soltys were both born in Poland. Miss Soltys moved to Britain in 2014 with a previous boyfriend and the relationship ended in 2019.
She formed a relationship with Sekula in Summer 2020 after meeting him through online gaming.
The couple lived together in a flat on Lambert Street and worked long hours at a business in Bridlington.
Mr Pitter said: ‘Over a relatively short period, the relationship became strained,’
Sekula was jealous and controlling and checked up on Miss Soltys during work, becoming frustrated when he spoke to colleagues.
His girlfriend began to tell people she was unhappy in the relationship and that Sekula was controlling and locked her in the flat.
Their relationship soured and she told a mutual friend it was ‘all over the place’ and he had been eavesdropping on conversations she had with others.
Mr Pitter said: ‘When she was gaming, he would come into the room and check on her.’
Her controlling boyfriend had checked particularly on another male gamer and started to go through her computer, tablet and phone.
On one occasion she was locked in the flat for three hours by Sekula, on the pretext he was worried she would come into harm’s way.
He had been warned by the mutual friend about his behaviour.
Sekula (pictured) was jealous and controlling and checked up on Miss Soltys during work, becoming frustrated when he spoke to colleagues
Miss Soltys was crying a lot at work and the court heard his behaviour was ‘manipulative.’
Sekula left his job on March 23 in a ‘fit of pique’ and on March 25 had hacked into his girlfriend’s Facebook account in a bid to see her conversations with others.
He was unhappy about the breakdown of their relationship and it was agreed he would return to Poland.
Contacting the mutual friend on March 26, he was ‘melancholic’ and later Miss Soltys got in touch with them ‘jittery’ and ‘crying.’
Mr Pitter said: ‘She appeared distressed to people at work who had cause to speak to her.
‘She told him that the defendant had threatened to kill himself if she left.
‘Such was her state that she had to go to the bathroom to calm herself down.
‘Miss Soltys told her mother in a telephone communication that her relationship with the defendant was over.
‘She told her mother that she didn’t feel safe.’
Her boyfriend had spent his time smoking cannabis and drinking.
Their mutual friend tried to contact Miss Soltys to check she was alright but did not receive a response.
Shortly before 6am on March 27, Sekula knocked on the door of a woman in Bransholme and asked that she call the police for him.
‘He told her that he had killed his girlfriend,’ said Mr Pitter.
The woman called 999 and she passed the phone to Sekula who said that he had just killed his girlfriend with a knife and that ‘she was dying right now’.
Sekula left his job on March 23 in a ‘fit of pique’ and on March 25 had hacked into his girlfriend’s Facebook account in a bid to see her conversations with others. Pictured: Miss Soltys
He claimed that it had happened three hours earlier.
Mr Pitter told the court that since the murder Sekula had been walking round and did not want to live after what happened. He eventually knocked on someone’s door and when they called 999 he told the call handler his girlfriend had not wanted to return some money to him.
He told police: ‘I have never done anything in my life like this before.’
The mother of Miss Soltys said in a statement: ‘I received devastating news of Klaudia.
‘I found out that my daughter Klaudia was murdered. Her death was a grave blow to me, my husband and Klaudia’s brother.
‘My family life fell to pieces.’ Her daughter’s grandparents had been devastated at the loss of their ‘beloved granddaughter’.
Miss Soltys moved to England to look for a better life.
‘Klaudia was always cheerful and always smiley,’ said the mother.
‘She loved life. I wish she could have told me that she felt trapped by Sekula.’
‘When I look at Klaudia’s belongings, I want to cry and sometimes think that life has lost its meaning. We still have a son.
‘I visited Klaudia’s grave with my husband and he found it very difficult. I don’t think he will be able to visit Klaudia’s grave for a while.
‘There is a lot of sadness in our life since Klaudia’s death.
‘Whatever happened that night, no one has the right to take another person’s life. There is always a way out of a situation.’
Sekula (pictured) had been walking round and did not want to live after the murder. He eventually knocked on someone’s door and when they called 999 he told the call handler his girlfriend had not wanted to return some money to him
Judge John Thackray QC told Sekula: ‘You repeatedly stabbed Klaudia to the neck in her own home, a place where she was entitled to feel safe and secure.
‘Your attack on her was undoubtedly savage, ferocious and frenzied. There were a minimum of six deep wounds to the neck, one of which transected her voice box.
‘It was without doubt a final controlling act by you, motivated by jealousy. You no doubt appreciated that the relationship was over and that Klaudia wanted to move on with her life.
‘You committed the offence against a background of jealous, controlling and oppressive behaviour by you. I have no doubt that your behaviour had a profound effect upon Klaudia in the weeks leading to her death.
‘In the hours leading up to her death, she was understandably scared of what you may do. ‘t was sufficiently serious that a mutual friend felt it necessary to warn you to alter your behaviour. You ignored that warning.
‘When it became obvious to you that your partner was going to end the relationship, you manipulated her into feeling sorry for you.
‘I have no doubt that you made the final few weeks of Klaudia’s life very unpleasant indeed and, when you realised the relationship was finally over, you were not prepared to allow her to move on and you decided to kill her with a knife.’
‘I understand that she and her family will never recover from their loss,’ said Judge Thackray.
The family of Miss Soltys paid tribute to her in a statement, saying there had been a lot of sadness in their life since their death and she was always happy and smiling. Pictured: Miss Soltys
Peter Moulson QC, mitigating, said that the ‘physical suffering’ by the victim before death was ‘limited’ because the knife wounds to the neck would have been ‘immediately life-threatening’ for her.
‘We hope that the suffering of Miss Soltys was at an absolute minimum,’ said Mr Moulson.
‘There was never any dispute as to whether he was responsible for the killing.
‘The defendant did alert the authorities while there was no evidence whatsoever of this crime.’
Sekula made ‘fulsome admissions’ and ‘confessed’ during police interview.
‘He wishes to express his sincere apologies to the friends and family of Miss Soltys following his commission of this crime,’ said Mr Moulson.
Sekula had no previous convictions.
He had suffered a disturbing childhood and often intervened when his father attacked his mother. This had led to emotional difficulties, the court was told.
He will spend a minimum of 16 years and 277 days behind bars before he can even be considered for release.