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Eric Czapnik's widow's statement

Eric Czapnik's widow's statement

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Anna Korutowska files victim impact statement in trial of Kevin Gregson, who was later found guilty of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of her husband.
Anna Korutowska files victim impact statement in trial of Kevin Gregson, who was later found guilty of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of her husband.

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Published by: cbcottawa on Mar 14, 2012
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VictimImpactStatement-AnnaKorutowskaMynameisAnnaKorutowska.IamawidowofConstableEricCzapnik.IpreparedthisvictimimpactstatementonbehalfofEricparentswhoarelivinginPoland,our5.5yearoldsonAnthonywhowasonly3yearsand3monthsoldatthetimeofEric'skillingandmyself.YouallhaveheardaboutthelasthoursandminutesofEric'slifeandyouwitnessedthelastsecondsplayedonvideo,howeverthereis51yearsoflifethatIwouldlikeErictoberememberedfor.ThereisonestatementthatIagreeonwithmyhusband'skiller.Ericwasagoodman.Hewasagreatperson,notwithoutflaws,buthewasacompassionate,veryreal,honest,hardworkingandErictookfullresponsibilityforhisactionsalways.
 
Hislifewasnotaneasyone.HegrewupincommunisteraPoland,escapedtoGreeceattheageof30witha5monthspregnantwifeand2smallchildren,withnoknowledgeofanyforeignlanguageandonlyadesiretosettle'insomewesterncountrytohaveabetterlife.Attheageof32EricandhisfamilyarrivedinOttawa.Afteradifficultstarthislifestartedtobecomebetter,thefamilyboughtahome,bothspouseshadastableemploymentwhenattheageof38Eric'slifetookaturnfortheworse.Hismarriagehasdissolved.Erictookthewholeexperienceveryhardsufferingfromdepressionandbarelyabletoworkandfunction.Howeverratherthenturntoviolenceandblamethewholeworldforhissituation,lookingforpettyfromeverybody,Ericfacedthesituationlikearealman.Erictookchargeofhislifeandaddressedtheissueshewasfacingbyturningtoexercise;healthylivingandhesoughthelpfromprofessionals.Eric'sparentsaredevastated.Eric'smomwhohadanopportunitytoattendthepreliminaryhearingwatchedinhorrorthevideoofthelaststepsandbreathsevertakenbyherson.Itleftalastingmemory.SheoftenreferstoEric'sviolentdeathandbecomesextremelyemotionalthinkinghowErichadtolookdeathintheeye.Despitepreviousplans,Eric'smomwasunabletoflyandparticipateduringthe
 
trialduetoarecentlydevelopedheartcondition.Shehasbeeninaverygoodhealthforherageuntilthetragicandeversoviolentdeathofherbaby.HerhealthbothphysicalandemotionaltookaturnfortheworseafterEric'spassing.Sheis76andeventhoughEricwas51whenhedied,tohismomhehasalwaysbeena5yearoldboy.Therearenowordstodescribethesadnesssheisexperiencing.Ispeaktoheralmosteveryweekandalmosteveryweekshecries.ShecriesandIcry,webothcry.Shewishesshediedfirst.AsforAnthony...well,anybodywhoknowsandcomesincontactwithhimisusuallyshockedatfirstatthelevelofknowledgeaboutdeathandtheleveloflossheisexperiencing.Somecouldthinkthatattheageof3hedoesnotrememberorunderstandmuch.Thosewhothinkthisareverymistaken.Iwasnotawareaboutthelevelofhisunderstandinguntilaround2weeksafterEric'sfuneral,whenAnthonyaskedmewhilesittinginthebathtubandplaying....mommy,whydidthepoliceputdaddyinbigbrownbox?Iwasshocked.AtfirstIwasnotsurehowtoanswer,howeverqulcklvIlearntthatthislittleboywillbeaskinglotsofquestionsandwillwanttoknoweverysingledetailaboutwhyandhowhisdaddydied.Thiswasonlyoneofthemanymorequestionstocome.

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