Two teenagers have been found guilty of murder after killing a homeless man with a machete because one of the assailants thought it would be ‘funny’.
Alex Macdonald and Charlie White, both 19, attacked 21-year-old Razvan Sirbu, last year in May, with the blade before leaving his body along with other weapons next to his tent.
Later on, Macdonald and White were seen with another accomplice, 20-year-old James Buckley, re-enacting the sickening and unprovoked attacks while they burned the clothes they were wearing during Sirbu’s savage horrific murder.
Police uncovered a conversation between White and Macdonald, with the former asking why he kept hitting Sirbu in the face. Macdonald is believed to have replied 'Cos I thought it was funny', reports The Mirror.
According to an autopsy, Mr Sibru died from multiple fractures to the face and skull and as well as significant injuries to his body including several fractured ribs. Police state Sibru's body was discovered near a tent he was living in which had been slashed in several places.
The two were convicted of by a jury at Maidstone Crown Court for murdering the homeless man. Police in Kent released CCTV footage of Macdonald (of Regency Place, Maidstone) and White (of Quarry Road, Maidstone) burning their clothes and recreating scenes from Sibru's murder.
A spokesperson for the Kent police force said:
Detectives also uncovered details of a conversation between White and Macdonald whereby White had asked him why he kept beating Mr Sirbu in the face.
Macdonald was said to have replied 'cos I thought it was funny'.
During police interview White issued a prepared statement. He claimed on the day of the murder he planned on stealing 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 repeatedly striking Mr Sirbu with his machete, but denied aiming any blows to his head. White said he acted in self-defence and had played no part in encouraging others to also attack Mr Sirbu.
The spokesperson revealed that traces of Sirbu's DNA was found in blood found in a caravan where Macdonald was arrested.
Detective Chief Inspector Tony Pledger described the case as:
... an utterly senseless attack on a young man who stood little chance of protecting himself. Razvan Sirbu was subjected to a horrific ordeal which appears to have been entirely unprovoked.
He was beaten repeatedly, suffering a catalogue of appalling injuries as a result of a sustained and savage assault.
Our investigation has uncovered compelling and overwhelming evidence linking the offenders to this murder, but their refusal to tell the truth may mean we never know precisely why they carried out this attack.
According to The Mirror Buckley was deemed unfit to plead, however, the jury still found him to be involved in the act of killing Mr Sirbu.