19/12/2011 12:49 GMT | Updated 19/12/2011 12:51 GMT

Shallow Grave Survivor Michelina Lewandowska Tells Of Burial Ordeal

A young mother who was buried alive in a cardboard box by her partner has described how she still has nightmares that he will return to kill her.

Marcin Kasprzak was found guilty of attempting to murder Michelina Lewandowska, 27, by a jury which heard how he attacked her with a Taser and then bound and gagged her before burying her in a cardboard box in woodland near their home in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.

After the case, Miss Lewandowska, who used her engagement ring to cut herself free, recalled how she thought she was going to die in her cardboard coffin.

In a statement, she said: "During my time inside my shallow grave where I was buried alive I feared that my life was at an end and I was going to die.

"I prayed to God to help me to survive so that I could look after my young son. The thought of my son gave me the strength to fight my way out of the box and save myself."

Miss Lewandowska was not in court but she was praised for her "immense courage".

Leeds Crown Court heard that Miss Lewandowska, who is Polish, was attacked by fellow Pole Kasprzak because their relationship had come to an end and he wanted their three-year-old son, Jakub.

Kasprzak, of Penistone Road, Huddersfield, told the court he only meant to scare Miss Lewandowska and did not intend to kill her. He was found guilty of attempted murder after eight hours of deliberations by an 11-1 majority.

Borys, of Rashcliffe Hill Road, Huddersfield, was cleared of attempted murder. He did not give evidence during the trial.

Both men admitted kidnap at a previous hearing. Kasprzak also admitted possessing a prohibited weapon. Judge Peter Collier told them they will be sentenced on 13 January and remanded them in custody.