Skelmersdale man jailed for murdering Polish neighbour
A man who hacked to death his Polish neighbour in a "savage and ferocious" machete attack in Lancashire has been jailed for life.
Kevin Saunderson, 29, of Inglewhite, Skelmersdale, was heard shouting racial abuse and threats before launching the attack on Dariusz Ryba.
Saunderson then threw the weapon into a nearby garden after the attack at Mr Ryba's flat on 14 June.
He must serve a minimum of 28 years in prison.
Saunderson was convicted of murder after a trial at Liverpool Crown Court.
Police said he had hacked Mr Ryba to death.
Det Insp Andy Cribbin, of Lancashire Police, said: "Kevin Saunderson carried out a savage and ferocious attack on the victim Dariusz Ryba. There is no known motive for what occurred that night."
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said Saunderson carried out a "vicious and brutal premeditated murder" with an "extremely large machete".
Brett Gerrity, Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West said: "He was heard shouting racial abuse and threats at the flat where Dariusz Ryba resided, before CCTV captured him walking towards the flat. He then discarded the machete in a nearby garden."