A killer fell asleep in a stranger's front garden after stabbing his friend to death and walking the streets with a bloody knife.
Arkadiusz Kaczmarek murdered his housemate and dad-of-one after a night of drinking and claimed he was so drunk he didn't remember stabbing him multiple times in their home.
The 22-year-old was found covered in blood when he woke up, before the body of 47-year-old Slawomir Kulesza was found by police in the kitchen of the house on Blakemere Court, in Ellesmere Port on Saturday, May 2.
Chester Crown Court heard that the men, both of Polish descent, first met in February when the former moved into the two-storey mid terrace house.
On the night of the killing, Friday 1 May, they had gone to a convenience store together and bought a bottle of vodka.
A neighbour was woken up by loud noises at their address at about 1am.
At around 1.05am a CCTV camera captured Kaczmarek walking along Westminster Road carrying the kitchen knife.
After disposing of it at the bottom of a metal fence he climbed over, he went to sleep in the front garden of a house in Worcester Walk.
A passer-by saw him and informed the homeowner.
The pair confronted Kaczmarek, who fled the area on foot before being stopped by the two officers in the police car at around 3am.
They tried to question Kaczmarek about blood on his clothing but discovered that he spoke very little English.
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Subsequently communicating with him via an online translation service, the officers established where he lived and took him home.
When they arrived Kaczmarek told them that he lived there with a friend who was asleep in the house.
The officers went inside to check that Kaczmarek and his friend were safe.
They also wanted to see Kaczmarek’s ID.
After searching the house and finding Slawomir lying on his back in a pool of blood, they started giving him CPR and called for an ambulance.
Paramedics later took over the CPR but, despite the best efforts of everyone involved, Slawomir was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 3.30am.
Kaczmarek was arrested at the house and a murder investigation was launched.
A post-mortem examination revealed that Slawomir died of multiple stab wounds.
The knife used to inflict the injuries was found by a member of the public on Sunday 3 May.
Following a nine day trial, a jury found Kaczmarek guilty of murder and he was remanded in custody to be sentenced on Friday, October 30.
Detective Inspector Kate Tomlinson, of Cheshire Constabulary’s Major Investigation Team, said: “ The strength of the evidence gathered by my team of officers as part of this case left the jury with no doubt that Arkadiusz Kaczmarek was guilty of the murdering his housemate.
“He subjected Slawomir to a horrific degree of violence, stabbing him with a kitchen knife multiple times, including through the side of his head into his brain and through his heart.
“It was a vicious and sustained assault and Kaczmarek then left Slawomir dead or dying on their kitchen floor as he went out to dispose of the knife.
“He took Slawomir’s phone with him, leaving the victim with no way of calling for help.
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“Kaczmarek’s actions on the night of Friday 1 May were completely out of character.
“This was his first offence and it was committed after he had drunk an excessive amount of alcohol.
“Kaczmarek has always claimed that he was so drunk that he cannot remember what happened, so we may never know what led to him stabbing his housemate several times that night.
“Our thoughts are with the victim’s family and we hope that this case deters others from using knives and committing similar offences.”