Takeaway driver trial

James Siree and Gary Bland from Rhyl have been given life sentences, after being found guilty of murdering Gabor Sarkozi, a Hungarian national living in the town.

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Takeaway driver's killers jailed for life

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.

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

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Takeaway murderers to be sentenced

Gary Bland and his nephew James Siree are due to be sentenced for the murder of Hungarian takeaway driver, Gabor Sarkozi.

The 38-year-old, known as "Gobi" to friends, died after a vicious attack in the village of Meliden. His body was found on a main road close to where he worked last October.

42-year-old Bland and Siree, aged 22, both denied any involvement in Mr Sarkozi's death but were yesterday found guilty by a jury at Mold Crown Court.

Guilty verdict in takeaway driver murder

The jury took just one and a half hours to find Gary Bland and James Siree guilty of the murder of Gabor Sarkozi. The takeaway delivery driver, known as "Gobi" to friends, was a Hungarian national living in Rhyl. His body was found on this main road in Meliden last October, close to where he worked.

The jury heard it was a "vicious attack" where the extent of injuries he suffered were so severe, that death was inevitable. Mr Sarkozi was first attacked as he walked along the road out of Meliden. Eyewitnesses saw two men stamping on him, kicking and punching him as he lay on the floor.

The two men will be sentenced on Tuesday.

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Gary Bland denies murder of takeaway driver

This morning the jury heard Gary Bland deny for the first time the murder of Gabor Sarkozi. Mr Bland, 42, is accused, along with his nephew James Siree, of kicking, punching and stamping the takeaway driver to death in Meliden last October.

At Mold Crown Court, Mr Bland said he had helped Mr Sarkozi down the main road in Meliden because the two defendants had come across Mr Sarkozi beaten up and lying on the ground at the Dyserth Bends junction, known locally as the "Dizzy Bends".

Mr Bland said his exact recollection of that evening was hazy since he and his nephew had been drinking lager and vodka for several hours. He did recall Sarkozi refusing their offer to call him an ambulance, the court heard. He and Mr Siree deny murder. The trial continues.

Accused's girlfriend alleges he admitted killing Hungarian takeaway driver

The trial of a man accused of killing a takeaway driver in the north Wales village of Meliden has heard from his girlfriend. Mold Crown Court heard video evidence from the 17-year-old telling police that James Siree admitted killing "a massive Hungarian guy" in a phone call.

She alleged that he was screaming and growling at one stage, and said that he was planning to run away. During four phone calls in the minutes following the alleged attack on Hungarian national Gabor Sarkozi, it is claimed that Siree said that he was not joking, that he had murdered someone.

The prosecution say that Mr Sarkozi died one night last October after being attacked twice by two men – once near the village of Meliden and later close to the Happy Garden chip shop where he was employed.

Defendants 22-year-old James Siree and his uncle Gary Bland, both from Rhyl, deny murdering Mr Sarkozi, a Hungarian national living in the town. The trial will continue tomorrow.

Murder trial halted due to strike action

Gabor Sarkozi
Gabor Sarkozi died as a result of a "vicious attack", a court has heard Credit: Daily Post

Today's public service workers' strike has halted a murder trial at Mold Crown Court.

The jury turned up this morning for the third day of the trial of two men claimed to have murder a take-away food delivery driver by allegedly punching, kicking and stamping on his face and head.

But the judge, Mr Justice Griffith-Williams, sent them home without any evidence being called.

It follows the decision this morning by the Prison Officers' Association to join today's strike.

Gary Bland, 41, and his nephew James Siree, 22, are on trial accused of murdering Hungarian national, Gabor Sarkozi, in Meliden near Prestatyn last October.

The jury yesterday visited the scene where the badly injured body of the delivery driver was found.

The court also heard from the first of a series of witnesses who saw Mr Sarkozi and two men, alleged to be the defendants, on the night of the attack.

The trial is expected to resume on Monday.

"Death was inevitable" court told

Gabor Sarkozi
Gabor Sarkozi died as a result of a "vicious attack" a court heard today Credit: Daily Post

A court heard today it was a "vicious attack" that killed Gabor Sarkozi, where the extent of the injuries he suffered were so severe, that death was inevitable.

The takeaway delivery driver, known as "Gobi" to friends, was a Hungarian national living in Rhyl.

His body was found on the main road in Meliden last October, close to where he worked.

Gary Bland, aged 42, and his nephew James Siree, aged 22, have both been charged with murder.

They are pleading not guilty at Mold Crown Court.

The court heard that Mr Sarkozi was first attacked as he walked along the road out of Meliden.

Eyewitnesses saw two men stamping on him, kicking and punching him as he lay on the floor.

He was then apparently propped up by two men, both wearing hoods, and walked back towards the village centre, where he was set upon again.

Mr Siree is said to have made a phone-call to his girlfriend shortly after Mr Sarkosi's body was found.

In that call it's alleged that he said, "I think I just murdered someone. I'm not joking, I just stamped someone clean out. He was a big massive Hungarian guy."

The prosecution say the victim's blood was found on the defendants shoes, which they say got there after they came across him in the street and tried to help him.

Their defence is expected to lay out their case later this week or next.

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