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Man jailed for Michal Mazur murder in Leytonstone

A man has been jailed for life for murdering a fellow university student and leaving his body in an airing cupboard.

Michal Mazur, 28, was found dead at a flat in Leytonstone, east London, in January.

He had been hit over the head with a dumb-bell and chair eight days before.

At the Old Bailey, Emlyn Evans-Loude, 27, of Leytonstone, was sentenced to a minimum of 17 years. He had denied murder.

Both were students at London Metropolitan University.

Mr Mazur, who was studying international relations, had gone to Evans-Loude's home for drinks.

'Not in control'

After murdering Mr Mazur, a Polish national, Evans-Loude telephoned a friend to say: "I've got a stiff in my house and I don't know what to do with him."

He left another message saying: "I've got a dead Polish bloke in my flat, I need to bury him in Epping Forest."

Evans-Loude was arrested at Exeter St David's railway station in Devon, after the body was discovered.

The 27-year-old cried as he told jurors: "I beat him to death - of course I was not in control. I lost it."

Kerim Fuad QC, defending, said: "Quite why such an intelligent man who comes from a respectable and responsible family, conducted such a brutal and relentless attack, we may never know.

"This was a spontaneous outburst of violence."

Judge Martin Stephens told Evans-Loude: "No one who has had to sit through the evidence in this agonising case could fail to be shocked and appalled by what they heard.

"The attack that you launched on your innocent victim was of such ferocity that it is hard to comprehend how one human being could do that to another.

"I have watched your parents suffer the agony of this trial up there in the public gallery."

Mr Mazur's father Kazimaerz said: "The death of my son has impoverished many people.

"He was an older brother to many of his colleagues at university."

The killer initially pleaded guilty to manslaughter but the prosecution would not accept it.

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