Cambridgeshire

Peterborough armed robbery 'hero' guilty of murder

Deivydas Jacikas
Image caption Jacikas committed murder eight months after the "hero" incident

A man hailed as a hero after he was pictured grappling with an armed robber has been jailed for life for the murder of a fellow Lithuanian in Peterborough.

Deivydas Jacikas, 21, was convicted by a jury at Cambridge Crown Court of the murder of Henrikas Baranauskas.

Jacikas admitted manslaughter but had denied murdering Mr Baranauskas, whom he beat to death.

A photo of Jacikas grabbing a gun-wielding man in Peterborough appeared in the media in February 2011.

Police appealed to trace him after he tried to stop the armed robber from running away following a raid on Harvey Daly jewellers.

Jacikas spoke to officers after the appeal.

'Brutal beating'

But eight months on, he attacked 56-year-old Mr Baranauskas at his home in Lincoln Street, Peterborough.

The father of eight suffered severe internal injuries and was left in a coma for several days before he died.

Jackicas was told he must serve a minimum of 12-and-a-half years.

An investigation into the unrelated armed robbery is continuing.

Speaking after the hearing, Det Ch Insp George Barr said: "This was a sustained and brutal beating carried out by Jacikas after it was alleged the victim had assaulted his father.

"Jacikas showed Mr Baranauskas no mercy and continued to punch, kick and stamp on him even after he had been knocked unconscious.

"He is clearly a dangerous individual who is prepared to use extreme violence and we are glad he has been brought to justice."

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