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Man guilty of killing cafe owner

Gloria Burgos
Gloria Burgos had sacked the defendant four weeks before the attack

A sacked employee has been convicted of killing a cafe owner in south London leaving her with 40 injuries.

Gloria Burgos's, 54, body was found in Goode Food Cafe, in Bermondsey Street last September. She had suffered 40 wounds, mostly to her upper body.

Slawomir Zakrzewski, of Crystal Palace, was cleared of murder and robbery but convicted of manslaughter at the Old Bailey. He denied murder and robbery.

The 23-year-old was sacked four weeks before the attack on Mrs Burgos.

'Sustained attack'

Zakrzewski, who had been working at the cafe since 2007 as a kitchen assistant, had returned to the cafe to get a reference letter but ended up having a row with Mrs Burgos, the jury heard.

In his defence, Zakrzewski said he pushed her during the row resulting in her falling. After she fell he said he kicked her knowing she was injured.

He told the court he did not know she would die from her injuries.

Prosecutor Jonathan Rees told the court Mrs Burgos suffered a "sustained and savage" attack and suffered 40 separate external injuries, "including a severe brain injury and a collapsed lung".

The court heard Zakezewski targeted her head, leaving "the imprint of the sole of his shoe" on her cheek.

The Polish-born defendant will be sentenced on 14 August.



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