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Family's fury Ryanair pilot who drove fiancee to stab baby to death released early from prison 

A Ryanair pilot who was jailed for 18-months for driving his fiancee to stab their 23-month-old son to death after relentless psychological torment has been released from prison early.

Flight captain Peter Chilvers, 34, repeatedly threatened to kill Magda Lesicka, 34, if she removed their son James from his care - and also demanded they live together at a home he bought in Wincham, Cheshire, jurors were told. 

Chilvers was jailed in December 2019 and served five months before being released on licence in May with an electronic tag, a source told the Mirror - whilst Lesicka continues to serve a 15-year sentence for the manslaughter. 

Fresh fury from Lesicka's family has been ignited in recent days after pictures of Chilvers showed him with one of the two children he has with stewardess Lisa Spencer, who he cheated with during his relationship with fiancée Lesicka.

Lesicka's mother Iwona, 61, from Wronki, Poland, has spoken of her disbelief after seeing the photo of Chilvers, she told the Mirror: 'I can't even call him human. Magdalena was completely dependent on him.'   

Flight captain Peter Chilvers, 34, repeatedly threatened to kill Magda Lesicka if she removed their son James from his care. Pictured: Chilvers pictured with one of the two children he had with stewardess Lisa Spencer

Chilvers' controlling and coercive behaviour between December 2015 and August 2017 included using or threatening physical violence, forcing her into degrading sexual acts, isolating her from her friends and restricting her finances.  

During his relationship with Lesicka he nicknamed her 'sheep', referring to himself as a 'sheep owner', and would pick hairs from his forehead and force her to swallow them, Manchester Crown Court heard.  

This campaign of abuse eventually led to a breakdown which saw Lesicka stab their son to death before trying to cut her own throat and hang herself. 

Magda Lesicka pictured with their son James. The former air hostess was found guilty of manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility

Chilvers cheated on Lesicka with another Ryanair cabin crew member, Lisa Spencer, who is now his partner and mother to his two young daughters

The couple had been in relationship since 2010 but Chilvers cheated on Lesicka from 2014 with another Ryanair cabin crew member, Lisa Spencer (pictured), jurors were told

Chilvers, who was jailed in December 2019 and is believed to have served five months in prison before being released on licence. Pictured with son James

 Stewardess Lisa Spencer, who Chilvers cheated with during his relationship with fiancée Lesicka

In the days before the killing on August 26 2017, Lesicka made internet searches about 'taser UK law', 'self defence weapons UK' and 'killing in self defence' before she later contacted domestic abuse charity Women's Aid. 

When Lesicka had threatened to leave him, Chilvers told her she would be walking out on her son, calling her a 'dumb b****' and insisting she would never take the child away from him.

He also said that if she were to put James in a car and drive him away she would be 'done for abduction', and if she got legal aid to fight her case it would be 'negligible [compared] to what I'm able to put up'. 

The pilot warned her in a 'visceral' phone call that she did not have the financial resources to win a custody battle and shouted: 'I want James to have brothers and sisters... not a half brother and sister with a f***ing moron that you find.'

Lesicka inflicted a sustained attack on their son as he lay in his bed at her home in Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester, and then tried to kill herself.

A post-mortem examination revealed the boy had suffered multiple stab wounds.  

The pair met at a party in 2010 when both were based out of a German airport. Chilvers and Lesicka pictured together

Chilvers told jurors: '(Lisa Spencer) is a very special lady. She has been my rock since everything happened. She has really stood by me. I don't think I would be here now if it was not for her.' Pictured: Lisa Spencer

Chilvers, from Northwich, Cheshire, denied any wrongdoing and subsequently went on trial where a jury convicted him of controlling or coercive behaviour (pictured: Lisa Spencer) 

In April 2015, Lesicka discovered Chilvers affair with Lisa Spencer (pictured)

Lesicka and Chilvers met at a party in 2010 when both were based out of a German airport.

A month later they kissed at the staff Christmas party and started a relationship, moving in together.

Chilvers later transferred to Liverpool Airport and Polish national Lesicka joined him, only to become isolated.

Her social life suffered after she became financially dependent on the pilot.  

In April 2015, Lesicka discovered Chilvers affair with Ms Spencer.

Chilvers promised Lesicka he would stop seeing Ms Spencer but told the jury he was 'weak' and, unbeknown to Lesicka, was drawn back to the other woman.

Lesicka pictured with son James. The Polish national had become isolated after moving to live with Chilvers near Liverpool Airport

Peter Chilvers with James. At Lesicka's sentencing hearing, Mr Justice Dove said: 'Who knows what he might have grown up to achieve?'

 When Lesicka had threatened to leave him, Chilvers told her she would be walking out on her son, calling her a 'dumb b****'

Soon after James's birth the couple moved to Lanzarote when Chilvers was promoted to captain.

Lesicka again found herself isolated and financially restricted on the Spanish holiday island, the court heard. 

In August 2016, Lesicka moved with James to Wythenshawe and Chilvers joined her in 2017 when he started flying in and out of Manchester Airport.

Peter Chilvers, left, and Magdalena Lesicka, right. Prosecutor Rob Hall also said that Chilvers dictated to Lesicka who she saw and when she went out

Lesicka inflicted a sustained attack on their son as he lay in his bed at her home in Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester, in August 2017 and then tried to kill herself

Pictured: The house in Wythenshaw, Manchester where the child was found stabbed in 2017

In July 2017, she discovered she was pregnant again but could not cope with being trapped in an 'abusive, humiliating and dishonest relationship', said Mr Hall.

On August 15 she had an abortion without Chilvers' knowledge, and told him two days later.

Nine days after that, less than two weeks after her abortion, she stabbed her son to death.

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