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Fingerprint in blood snares murderer

Florian Baboi was jailed for life for murder Photo: West Mdlands Police

A Romanian national is beginning a life sentence - with a minimum of 23 years to serve - for beating to death a man from Birmingham.

Florian Baboi was caught after forensic officers found his fingerprint in the blood of his victim, 63-year-old David McArthur.

By the time the body of Mr McArthur was found inside his house in Northfield, Birmingham, the killer had fled to Romania where he used to live.

But Baboi had left behind forensic clues.

His fingerprint was on the side of a door near his victim's body.

Police had Baboi's prints on file because he had spent time in prison in England for shoplifting.

The detective leading the murder inquiry says it's one of the most violent cases he has come across.

Detective Inspector Ian Iliffe says:

"David McArthur had received significant injuries to his face and to his body and that was the result of having been punched and stamped upon."

They soon found a motive in a car parked outside - theft.

Baboi - who had just befriended Mr McArthur - had tried to steal things from him in the middle of the night.

He was stashing the items in the car when Mr McArthur confronted him.

The killer who was drunk and bloodstained decided to leave behind the car and the stolen goods inside and make his escape on foot.

On Bristol Road, he caught a bus.

Detective Inspector Iliffe says:

"He seemed to have blood on his clothing and the bus driver actually describes him having his hand bandaged up which may explain the bleeding and the blood we found at the scene."

At a house in West Bromwich, where Baboi had stopped briefly before fleeing abroad, police found an expensive Tag Heuer watch.

A receipt for repairs proved it belonged to Mr McArthur.

Detective Inspector Iliffe brought Baboi in handcuffs back from Bucharest where he had turned himself in at the British embassy when he realised he was prime suspect.

He claimed he was acting in self defence.

The scene inside the house, and the level of violence, told a different story.

Like why was his large TV missing?

Why was more blood found on the items in the car?

Baboi had been jailed in the past in Hungary for drug trafficking.

His Honour Judge James Burbidge told Baboi at Birmingham Crown Court that it was a brutal and cowardly attack.

"David McArthur had received significant injuries to his face and to his body and that was the result of having been punched and stamped upon."

– Detective Inspector Ian Iliffe, West Midlands Police

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