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Homeless man beaten to death - two found guilty

Two men have been found guilty of beating to death a homeless man in Maidstone. Razvan Sirbu, who was 21 years old and originally from Romania, had been sleeping rough in woodland in Tovil

Razvan Sirbu beaten to death Credit: Kent Police

Razvan Sirbu suffered multiple injuries to his head and body following a sustained and unprovoked attack with weapons including a machete.

Mr Sirbu’s body was found by dog walkers in an area of woodland, off Cave Hill, on the morning of 7 May 2017. He was discovered close to a tent he had been living in, which was found to have been slashed in several places.

Charlie White and Alex Macdonald, both 19 years old, have been found guilty of murder. James Buckley, aged 20, was found unfit to plead but was found by the jury to be involved in the act of killing Mr Sirbu.

Charlie White guilty of murder Credit: Kent Police
Alex Macdonald guilty of murder Credit: Kent Police

An investigation led to the recovery of CCTV at a local skate park which showed White burning clothing believed to have been worn during the murder. Images also revealed Macdonald and Buckley appearing to re-enact some of the violence.

This was an utterly senseless attack on a young man who stood little chance of protecting himself. Razvan Sirbu was subjected to a horrific ordeal which appears to have been entirely unprovoked. He was beaten repeatedly, suffering a catalogue of appalling injuries as a result of a sustained and savage assault. Our investigation has uncovered compelling and overwhelming evidence linking the offenders to this murder, but their refusal to tell the truth may mean we never know precisely why they carried out this attack.

– Detective Chief Inspector Tony Pledger