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Zbignew Pawelec death: Two jailed for assault

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Image caption Zbignew Pawelec was found injured in Luton in June

Two men who denied killing a man found with head injuries in a Luton car park have been jailed for assault.

Carl Stockwell, 26, of Dallow Road, Luton; and Daniel McRedmond, 19, of Shirley Road, Luton; were sentenced to eight and nine years respectively after admitting GBH on Zbignew Pawelec, 50, in June.

Both had earlier pleaded not guilty to murder. These charges will lay on file.

Luton Crown Court heard the attack did not cause Mr Pawelec's death.

The two men assaulted Mr Pavelec, of no fixed abode, because they thought he had stolen their alcohol, the court heard.

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Image caption Carl Stockwell and Daniel McRedmond were jailed for assault

He died in Addenbrooke's Hospital from head injuries on 17 June, three days after he was found on George Street West.

Stockwell had accidently filmed the attack on his mobile phone after he used the torch facility to illuminate the scene, and the 90-second footage showed the pair stamping on Mr Pawelec's head and body.

It was later discovered that the victim suffered other injuries following the assault, and it could not be proved that the attack killed him.

Sentencing the pair, Judge Richard Foster said Mr Pawelec had been a "vulnerable and completely defenceless" man who had been assaulted in "what was in effect his own home" but the "attack was not the cause of his death".

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