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'HE'S NOT WORTH BEATING ? AS HE WON'T FEEL PAIN' Colleague tells court of conversation with man accused of killing four-year-old.

Byline: Sam Dimmer CRIME REPORTER

A COLLEAGUE of a man accused of killing a four-year-old boy told a court he heard him say that it wasn't worth beating the youngster - because he was autistic.

Mariusz Krezolek was in a work training session when he made the claim - also telling the colleague that he would like to send Daniel Pelka back to Poland to live with his biological father.

Krezolek, 33, and Daniel's mother Magdalena Luczak, 27, are both accused of starving Daniel before killing him.

His body was in an emaciated state and he had suffered a serious head injury when he died in March last year. Yesterday at Birmingham Crown Court, witness Grzegorz Lukasik said he had spent two or three days training Krezolek where they both worked at Voith Industrial Services in Tile Hill, Coventry.

During that time Mr Lukasik said Krezolek had spoken to him about Daniel - describing him as "a naughty boy".

Recalling the conversations, he said: "There are a few sentences that stick in my mind. If a parent is a loving parent they shouldn't be saying things like he has said.

"I remember he said that he (Daniel) had autism and it's not even worth beating him because he won't feel any pain. "I never heard him say any good words about Daniel.

"Krezolek mentioned they would like to send him to his biological father in Poland but because there was a very strong bond between Daniel and Magda (Luczak) it probably won't happen."

Nigel Lambert QC, for Krezolek, put it to Mr Lukasik that he had been told to fabricate the conversations, but he said: "Everything I have said is true. I'm not lying and I've got no reason to lie."

Daniel's biological father, Eryk Pelka, also gave evidence during the trial claiming that his son was fit and healthy when he separated from Luczak in 2008.

"He was healthy - he was not neglected," Mr Pelka said.

Mr Pelka met Luczak when he was living in England but holidaying in Poland in 2005. She moved to the UK with him later that year and they lived together in Coventry. Daniel was born in July 2007 but, after a series of "fierce" arguments, the couple separated and Mr Pelka returned to Poland in 2008.

Mr Pelka said Luczak was a good mother until she started drinking.

"She was very aggressive towards me," he said. "She was shouting and calling me names and she was trying to hit me as well. The arguments were fierce."

Recalling one incident Mr Pelka said: "We were at a party together and we were drinking together.

"She grabbed a knife. I rang the police and they arrested both of us because we were drunk."

Mr Pelka denied ever hitting Luczak. Both defendants deny charges of murder and causing or allowing Daniel's death.

The trial continues.

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Date:Jun 27, 2013
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