Cleaner murderer jailed

Burglar Roger Buckingham was jailed for a minimum of 27 years at the Old Bailey today for the murder of street cleaner Piotr Mikiewicz who tried to stop him with his broom.

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Cleaner murder verdict: sister and wife's statements

Piotr Mikiewicz's sister Anna told the court in a statement that her brother had been living in London for nine years and considered it his home.

"He was a wonderful man, full of compassion for others. He did not tolerate lies and theft. He was a believer and lived according to these principles."

– Anna Mikiewicz Olszewska, Piotr's sister

"He was someone who represented everything that is good about decent people and was prepared to fight for what was right.

Anyone who knew Piotr knew he was a truly good and honest person. He had a strong sense of what was right and wrong.He wasn't just a road sweeper, he was part of the community that genuinely cared for him.

Piotr was a truly good person who was immensely proud of the job he did.

A cruel and thoughtless act can take away his life, but not the inspiration that he brought to so many people."

– Busie Mikiewicz, Piotr's wife


Cleaner murderer jailed for 27 years

Roger Buckingham was sentenced to life imprisonment to serve a minimum of 27 years Credit: Metropolitan Police

A man has been convicted of the murder of a street cleaner who was stabbed to death for trying to prevent a burglar from escaping.

The court heard how the Polish cleaner, employed by Serco on behalf of Hammersmith and Fulham Council, saw Buckingham fleeing a nearby address clutching a stolen laptop computer.

Mr Mikewicz tried to apprehend Buckingham and used his broom to defend himself as Buckingham was armed with a knife. Buckingham stabbed Mr Mikewicz through the heart.

Despite attempts to revive him Mr Mikewicz died at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington on 30 August 2012.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment to serve a minimum of 27 years for the murder and nine months for burglary and theft of a motor vehicle.

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