Father sentenced to life in prison for shooting and stabbing 2-year-old son ‘to get back at boy’s mother’


A man who shot his two-year-old son in the head with an airgun before stabbing and choking him has been sentenced to life in prison.

Lukasz Czapla, 41, was found guilty of murdering Julius Czapla with an air pistol and stabbing him with a spear-like instrument.

He acted “out of defiance to kill the child to get back at his mother.” Supreme Court in Edinburgh heard.

Czapla, who killed the boy at an address in Muirhouse, Edinburgh, in November 2020, was obsessed with his ex-partner’s alleged infidelity, the jury was told.

He denied murdering the toddler and had previously pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of culpable homicide. However, this was rejected by the Crown.

The two-week hearing at the Edinburgh High Court ended with a jury unanimously finding Czapla guilty of murder.

Lord Beckett sentenced the convicted criminal to life imprisonment with a minimum of 23 years before probation.

Czapla had previously admitted nine other charges, including dangerous driving offenses and possession of an airgun. The penalties for each of them run concurrently with their life sentences.

Lord Beckett told Czapla: “You have been found guilty of the murder of your two-year-old son.

“You will be sentenced to life imprisonment for murder.”

He concluded that Czapla “acted out of defiance to kill the child to get back at his mother”.


Czapla had previously told the court he did it while on a “sick trip” after consuming alcohol with antidepressants he had been prescribed.

He murdered his son by repeatedly striking him in the body with a spear, shooting him several times in the head with an air pistol and placing a pillow over his face, suffocating him, the jury was told.

Iain McSporran QC, defending, argued that Czapla had diminished responsibility at the time of Julius’ death.

Citing evidence from psychiatrist Dr. Alexander Quinn previously said the defendant’s “depressive illness played a significant role in the killing.”

Referring to dr. Quinn’s assessment of Czapla, who said he believed the defendant’s actions to be a “narcissistic and justifiable” act, prompted the jury, prosecutor Alan Cameron, to convict Czapla of murder.

He said evidence showed the accused was motivated by anger and jealousy towards his former partner, Julius’ mother Patrycja Szczesniak, who was in a relationship with him up until five months before the murder.

Previous evidence said the parents had relationship issues, and Czapla has shown an obsession with his ex-partner’s alleged infidelity while they were together and his anger at her mention of a new partner. Father sentenced to life in prison for shooting and stabbing 2-year-old son ‘to get back at boy’s mother’

Bobby Allyn

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