Chorley killer is sentenced

A man has been given an indeterminate sentence for public protection for the manslaughter of a Chorley woman who died after being found unconscious in the town.

Richard Ciborowski, 32, of no fixed address was sentenced on Wednesday at Preston Crown Court.

He was told he would only be eligible to apply for parole after five years, where before being considered for release he would have to show that he was no longer a danger to the public.

Debbie Ryan, 40, was found with serious head injuries at the junction with Pall Mall and Tootle Street, Chorley around 9pm on 30 March 2010, but sadly died at the Royal Preston Hospital from her injuries on 3 April 2010.

A post mortem examination found that Ms Ryan died of trauma to the head.

The police investigation concluded that Debbie sustained her injuries inside her flat off Pall Mall having been struck by a blow to the head with a glass bottle by Ciborowski, her former partner.

Detective Superintendent Ian Critchley who led the investigation said: "This is a tragic case where domestic violence has escalated and resulted in Deborah being killed.

"During their relationship Ciborowski attacked Deborah on a number of separate occasions, until his violent actions finally killed her.

"He had inflicted serious injuries on her in the days before her death and on the night in question when he struck her over the head with a bottle. The court heard he has also been violent to other partners in the past.

"This tragedy only serves to reinforce the fact of how serious domestic violence is."

* christopher.maguire@lep.co.uk