Lancashire

Skelmersdale man jailed for murdering Polish neighbour

Kevin Saunderson Image copyright Lancashire Police
Image caption Kevin Saunderson was captured on CCTV walking towards his neighbour's flat

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.

Image copyright Lancashire Police
Image caption The machete was used to attack Dariusz Ryba's arm and leg

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."

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