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Pole jailed for life for murdering Polish brothers

Man jailed for life for murdering Polish brothers

A man has been sentenced to life imprisonment and ordered to serve a minimum of 25 years for beating two Polish brothers to death in Luton.
Marek Miazga, 41, was found guilty by majority verdict of two counts of murder and eight counts of theft or attempted theft at Luton Crown Court.

The four-week trial heard how brothers Waldemar Markuszewski, known as Waldeck, and his brother Andrzej, known as Andreaus, were found dead in their home in Luton on June 1, 2005.

They had been beaten to death with bar bells and Waldeck's money and bank card had been taken.

The jury of five men and seven women found Polish national Miazga guilty of their murders after eight hours and 20 minutes.

Sentencing, Mr Justice Keith said Miazga would have to serve a minimum of 25 years for the murders.

Sentences for the thefts and attempted thefts were to run concurrently with the murder sentence.

He said: "Both (Waldeck) and Andreaus were subjected to attacks of real savagery which show, I am sure, that the intention was to kill them, not just to injure them."

The judge said he did not think the murders had been premeditated but that something had "flared up" between the men, who had been drinking all day together.

During the four-week trial the court heard both brothers had been drinking vodka in a park in Luton with Miazga and another man, Remigiusz Piotrowski.