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Trial begins for former Comcast worker accused of customer’s rape, murder

Anthony Triplett

Anthony Triplett

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Updated: May 1, 2013 2:36PM

The murder trial of a former Comcast worker charged with the brutal sexual assault and strangulation of a young nanny began at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse Wednesday.

Instead of installing high-speed Internet at the Southwest Side home Urzula Sakowska shared with her truck driver fiance, Anthony Triplett stripped the young woman, bashed her head, choked her so hard the blood vessels near her eyes popped and forced her to perform oral sex on him, assistant Cook County state’s attorney Ashley Romito said in her opening statements.

The last thing 23-year-old Sakowska saw was the duct tape Triplett wrapped around her head before he threw her in her bathtub filled with water in the December 2006 crime, Romito said.

Triplett, is also suspected to have killed 39-year-old Hyde Park resident Janice Ordidge in a similar manner seven weeks earlier.

Although Triplett, 32, isn’t on trial for Ordidge’s murder, prosecutors plan to outline details of that slaying.

Triplett had been questioned by police three times following Ordidge’s strangulation but never was detained, according to court testimony.

Defense attorney Allan Sincox questioned why Triplett would kill Sakowska when he “under a microscope.”

Sincox also insinuated it was quite possible Ordidge had consensual with sex with Triplett before she was killed by another.

“Human males have been having sex with human females for a long time without killing them,” he said.

But Romito was insistent that Triplett killed both women who made the innocent mistake of allowing him to come into their home for Comcast service.

The prosecutor also pointed out the “powerful and overwhelming” physical evidence tying Triplett to Sakowska’s murder: her blond hair found in his Comcast van and her blood on his jacket.

Also damning evidence was Sakowska’s fiance’s Seiko watch authorities found on Triplett, Romito said.

“He is not just about the sex and murder, Be it greed, be it trophy hunting, he takes something,” Romito said.

Grzegorz Magiera, 35, was on his way to New Jersey for a trucking job when he tried calling Sakowska but never got an answer.

“I got worried because we talked so frequently,” he said on the stand.

As soon as he heard the young woman he had met in his native Poland was killed, he rushed to the couple’s home, in the 6100 block of South McVicker.

In addition to Sakowska’s money, credit cards and two rings, a change jar and the birthday gift she had given him months before were also missing, Magiera testified.

“She gave to me,” he said of the watch.

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