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Man convicted of carpenter's murder given life in prison

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Image caption Evaldas Svolkinas' body was found in a stream in Romford

A man has been sentenced to serve at least 25 years in jail for the murder of a Lithuanian carpenter.

The body of Evaldas Svolkinas, 34, of Dorking Rise, Romford, was discovered in the town's Carter's Brook stream last December.

Andrej Malinovskij, of Pheasant Close, Newham, east London, was given a life sentence at Wood Green Crown Court.

Malinovskij, 43, had carried out "a brutal and premeditated attack", said the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

Heavy debts

Mr Svolkinas was reported missing to police by his girlfriend on 13 December 2012.

His badly beaten body was found three days later by a dog-walker, face down in the local stream, the Metropolitan Police said.

Mr Svolkinas, a subcontractor in the building trade, was heavily in debt and owed several people money, the court heard.

Baljit Ubhey, chief prosecutor for CPS London, said Malinovskij "believed he was owed a significant amount of money" from Mr Svolkinas, and sought to claim this debt "with the victim's life".

"This was a brutal and premeditated attack with the defendant showing no remorse for his actions," she added.

Malinovskij had pleaded not guilty to murder.

Julija Malinovskaja, 28, was also accused of murder at the Old Bailey but charges against her were dropped after a case review by the CPS in December 2013.

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