Pole who killed pal at ERI jailed for 5 years

High Court, Edinburgh
High Court, Edinburgh
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A Polish drifter who killed a friend after he lashed out in a temper when drink was lost was jailed for five years and three months today.

Robert Gruszka, a former prisoner in the East European country, hit his fellow countryman Robert Dudek over the head with a bottle in a bag at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, inflicting a “catastrophic” injury.

Robert Gruszka

Robert Gruszka

Mr Dudek (43) was later found dead in the grounds of the hospital in April this year.

The fatal attack victim had gone with friends to Edinburgh’s Saughton prison on April 5 to meet Gruszka who was being released from a jail sentence for shoplifting.

They had gone drinking before boarding the wrong bus and being ordered off after the group tried to fare dodge.

Gruszka (38) was originally charged with murdering Mr Dudek, but the Crown earlier accepted his guilty plea to a reduced charge of culpable homicide.

Lord Turnbull told him at the High Court in Edinburgh: “You perpetrated an act of violence which caused the death of your friend.”

The judge said: “The only way in which the court can mark the gravity of an offence such as this is by imposing a custodial sentence.”