Man charged with killing 100-year-old woman in Derbyshire

Police say they are 'pleased' they have been able to bring the charges.
Police say they are 'pleased' they have been able to bring the charges.

A man has appeared in court charged with manslaughter and robbery after the death of a 100-year-old woman in Derbyshire.

Sofija Kaczan was allegedly attacked and robbed in the Normanton area of Derby on the morning of Monday, May 28.

She suffered a broken neck and a number of other injuries and died on Wednesday.

Arthur Waszkiewicz, of Hilary Road, Shepherds Bush, west London, was subsequently charged with manslaughter and robbery.

The 39-year-old appeared at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court today.

He was remanded into custody and will appear at Derby Crown Court next month.

DCI Darren De'ath, the senior investigating officer for Derbyshire police, said: "I would like to take the opportunity to thank the community for their help in this case.

"We are pleased that we have been able to bring these charges which will now be placed before the courts."

'Dear old lady'

Ms Kaczan is reported to have forgiven her attacker at a mass at Royal Derby Hospital before she died.

An inquest into Ms Kaczan's death was opened and adjourned yesterday.

According to the BBC, Dr Robert Hunter, senior coroner for Derbyshire, described her as a 'dear old lady'.

The inquest heard Ms Kaczan was born in Poland and met her future husband at a German prison camp during World War Two before they moved to England in 1948.