2 teenagers use meat cleaver to murder homeless man because it was funny to kill himBy William Martin 2:09 PM January 23, 2018
Two teens decided to kill a homeless man for fun, according to police in the United Kingdom.
Kent police said that the two men have been sentenced to up to life in prison following the murder of the homeless man in Tovil, Maidstone.
Razvan Sirbu, 21, suffered multiple injuries to his head and body after being subjected to a sustained and unprovoked assault with weapons including a meat cleaver.
Sirbu’s body was found by dog walkers behind bushes off Cave Hill.
He was discovered close to a tent he had been living in, which was found to have been slashed in several places.
A post-mortem examination revealed blunt force trauma to the head and torso.
There were multiple skull fractures, facial bone fractures as well as significant injuries to the body, including several fractured ribs.
Over the following days, the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate arrested 19-year-old Charlie White, 19-year-old Alex Macdonald, and James Buckley – all on suspicion of murder.
An investigation led to the recovery of surveillance video at a skate park, which showed White burning clothing believed to have been worn during the murder.
Images also revealed Macdonald and Buckley appearing to re-enact some of the violence.
A grey coat was seized from a caravan, where Macdonald was arrested in Shepherdswell.
Blood found on the hood was tested and matched Sirbu’s DNA.
Detectives also uncovered details of a conversation between White and Macdonald whereby White had asked him why he kept beating Sirbu in the face.
Macdonald was said to have replied: “I thought it was funny.”
During a police interview, White issued a prepared statement.
He claimed on the day of the murder, he planned to steal a lawnmower from a garden in Bockingford Road.
He said he was carrying a meat cleaver for protection against the person he was hoping to sell it to.
White claimed as he was making his way to the property, he heard shouting and that a man speaking a foreign language then tried to attack him.
He admitted to repeatedly striking Sirbu with the meat cleaver but denied aiming any blows to his head.
White said he acted in self-defense and had played no part in encouraging others to also attack Sirbu.
All three suspects were charged with murder and remanded into custody.
Appearing before Maidstone Crown Court, White and Macdonald pleaded not guilty to murder and the case went to trial.
They were both found guilty by a jury and sentenced to up to life in prison.
White will have to serve a minimum of 16 years in prison and Macdonald a minimum of 18 years before being eligible for parole.
Buckley, 20, was deemed unfit to plead but was found by the jury to be involved in the act of killing Sirbu.
Sentencing for Buckley was adjourned until a later date.