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Daniel Pelka killers jailed for life

By Matthew Bates Friday 02 August 2013 Updated: 02/08 14:53

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Magdelena Luczak and Mariusz Krezolek and the family's home in Holbrooks where Daniel was subjected to months of horrific abuse.

DANIEL PELKA'S killers have been jailed for life.

Mother Magdalena Luczak, 27, and step-father Mariusz Krezolek, 34, will both serve minimum terms of 30 years in prison.

The pair, from Holbrooks, had been found guilty of the four-year-old's murder at Birmingham Crown Court on Wednesday.

Today (Friday) Judge Mrs Justice Cox handed down the sentences after hearing mitigation from defence barristers. She reportedly labelled the extent of Daniel's starvation "unprecedented in this country".

Luczak and Krezolek had carried out a six-month campaign of abuse and cruelty against their son.

They starved him, punished him through the use of stress positions, force fed him salt, drowned him to the point of unconsciousness and kept him locked inside a tiny box room where he slept on a urine-stained mattress.

At school Daniel had eaten out of bins, stolen other pupils' lunches and tried to eat playdough in a desperate attempt to feed himself. His mother had claimed he suffered from an eating disorder.

The results of a serious case review are set to be published within the next six weeks. A number of public bodies - including Coventry City Council and the police - have come under the microscope for their role in Daniel's life.

Daniel's murder A full list of our coverage is below:

Read More: Parents found guilty of murder http://www.coventryobserver.co.uk/2013/08/02/news-Daniel-Pelka-parents-found-guilty-of-murder-79596.html

Read More: Police could not have saved Daniel, says leading detective: http://www.coventryobserver.co.uk/2013/08/02/news-Police-could-not-have-saved-Daniel-Pelka-tells-leading-detective-79515.html

Read More: Mum tricked authorities over Daniel's weight loss: http://www.coventryobserver.co.uk/2013/08/02/news-Mum-tricked-authories-over-Daniel-Pelka-weight-loss-79608.html

Read More: EDITOR'S COMMENT: This must not happen again: http://www.coventryobserver.co.uk/2013/08/02/news-Comment-Daniel-Pelka-must-never-happen-again-79607.html

Read More: Parents took pleasure in abuse: http://www.coventryobserver.co.uk/2013/08/02/news-Daniel-Pelka-parents-%27took-pleasure-in-abuse%27-79611.html

Read More: Youngster died in the dark and on his own: http://www.coventryobserver.co.uk/2013/08/02/news-Daniel-Pelka-died-alone-79610.html

Read More: Luczak and Krezolek's sickening texts revealed: http://www.coventryobserver.co.uk/2013/08/02/news-Luczak-and-Krezolek%27s-sickening-texts-about-Daniel-Pelka%27s-injuries-and-abuse-79606.html

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