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Life sentences for 'mindless, drunken' killing of takeaway driver

Gabor Sárközi Photo: North Wales Daily Post

Two men, convicted of the murder of a take-away delivery driver, have today been jailed for life.

James Siree, 22, and his uncle, Gary Bland, 42, were told that they would have to serve a minimum of 18 years before they can apply for release.

They were convicted of murder on Monday after a jury at Mold Crown Court heard during a three week trial how they punched, kicked and stamped to death Gabor Sarkozi, a 38-year-old Hungarian national living in Rhyl.

James Siree Credit: North Wales Police
Gary Bland Credit: North Wales Police

Sentencing them today, Mr Justice Griffith-Williams branded the attack as “mindless, drunken violence.”

Speaking through a translator, Gabor’s sister said he loved life and his family. The family described him as "a man with a big heart... with many friends."

"Despite his size he had a very gentle nature and was very caring and loving." His sister likened him to a “big teddy bear... rreplaceable”.

I have stopped living since that terrible day, we did everything together he was my entire life and soul, and our lives together have become an unattainable dream

– Judit Galovics, partner

His parents and 15 year old daughter live in the south east of Hungary, close to the Romanian border

Only Gary Bland and James Siree truly know what led them to commit such an atrocious crime. What is in no doubt is that the family and friends of Gabor Sarkozi will have to live with the consequences for many years to come. Our thoughts are with them.”

– Ian Evans, Crown Prosecution Service in Wales

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