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Newlywed cleared of stabbing wife; Woman died after drunken birthday celebration.

Byline: Echo Reporter

A NEWLYWED husband has been cleared of murdering his wife as she celebrated her birthday.

Daniel Lipski, 28, was accused of stabbing wife Ola because of her drunken and violent behaviour.

But Mr Lipski told a jury he was very much in love with his wife and they had a future together.

Prosecutor Patrick Harrington QC claimed Mr Lipski stabbed his wife once to the heart during a drunken row at their flat in May 2008.

Mr Harrington said: "The evening had been spoiled by the niggly behaviour of his wife, who was celebrating her birthday.

He had been planning to end their short marriage to her soon after.

"In fact he did so in dramatic and spectacular fashion by stabbing his wife to death, delivering a single stab wound to the heart."

Jurors heard 6ft 4in car washer Mr Lipski and his launderette worker wife wed after a four-week "whirlwind" romance.

But Mr Lipski said Ola confessed she had a drink problem - and he claimed she once punched him, giving him a black eye, after he swapped her wine for water.

Mr Harrington said: "Lipski said he'd had enough and was going to leave his wife Ola because he was fed up of the violence and the drinking."

Ola and her twin sister Aga were celebrating their birthday with a drunken Indian meal when a fight broke out.

Basketball player Mr Lipski prised the Polish-born twins apart.

Mr Harrington said: "Ola became very cross with her sister and slapped her face. Ola seemed to be losing it.

"Ola physically attacked her sister, punching and kicking her. Aga didn't retaliate but tried to restrain her sister.

"Aga told her sister: 'You bitch, I never want to speak to you again.' "Sadly those words proved tragically prophetic because she never did speak to her sister again. Within an hour she was dead."

But Mr Lipski, of Pentwyn, Cardiff, denied murder, claiming his wife may have stabbed herself.

He told the jury: "It was love at first sight for both of us. We had a long-term future together. I didn't kill her."

Lipski was also cleared of manslaughter after a three-week trial at Cardiff Crown Court.


Aleksandra Lipska, known as Ola, died in May 2008 Daniel Lipski was cleared of murdering his wife Ola
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Oct 28, 2010
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