Three convicted of murder after man's body dumped in street
Three men have been convicted of the murder of a Latvian man – who they wrapped in a sleeping bag and dumped in the street, before going to buy alcohol.
Sandris Abimeicevs, 55, was homeless and staying with three other men in a bedsit in Walford Road, in Sparkbrook, Birmingham, in November last year.
The bedsit was let to 60-year-old Russian national Olegas Borisovskis, but he had allowed Abimeicevs to stay along with two other men – 44-year-old Saulius Lemezonas and 30-year-old Vytautus Medeckis, both Lithuanian born.
All four men had been drinking over a period of two to three days, when on the evening on November 6, a neighbour saw three men drag something down the stairs and dump it in the street – before two of the men were captured on CCTV going to a local store to buy more alcohol.
Emergency services were called and the battered body of Mr Abimeicevs was found. A post mortem examination revealed that he had been savagely beaten over the course of many hours resulting in more than 50 visible injuries to his body, as well as a brain injury, broken ribs and a broken nose.
The three men were arrested and in interview, all sought to to blame each other – but evidence at the scene, including blood stains on clothing, indicated that each played a part in his death.
The trio will being sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court on Friday.
Detective Inspector Michelle Allen, from the West Midlands Police homicide unit, said: “This was a brutal attack on a man outnumbered by the other three, who didn’t stand a chance to defend himself. He would have known extreme pain before his death and I am pleased the jury recognised that all three are culpable for his murder.
"My thoughts remain with Sandris’s family, I hope that this verdict brings them a sense of justice and allows them to start to come to terms with his tragic and senseless death."
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