Two men have been found guilty of killing 19-year-old Fabian Kacica while trying to steal his car in Southend in May.

Joe Paffey, 20, of Old Southend Road, Southend, was convicted of murder and attempted robbery following a trial at Basildon Crown Court.

Aidon Pearce, 20, unemployed, of Treecot Drive, Leigh-on-Sea was found not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter and attempted robbery.

At around 9pm on Monday 14 May, Fabian Kacica parked his car near The Forum. His car was surrounded a group of men.

Pearce pulled the car keys from the ignition which led to Fabian striking him.Paffey then lunged forward and forcefully stabbed Fabian in the chest. Fabian fell to the ground and died a short time later.

“When Pearce tried to steal his property Fabian offered resistance. Paffey stepped forward and mercilessly stabbed Fabian, striking him with such force that the knife entered his heart causing unsurvivable injuries.

DCI Daniel Stoten, Kent and Essex's Serious Crime Directorate
Fabian Kacica (19) was described by his family as a "kind hearted, positive man." Credit: Essex Police

In a statement on behalf of the family, Fabian's sister the family had been ripped apart and called for the pair to be given life jail sentences.

“Fabian was a kind hearted, positive man who was not only a brother to me, but who was also my best friend. "It’s a cliché to say but he would do anything for anyone he met. If you had any problems, he would be the first to offer help, support or guidance.

Family statement from Fabian's sister

Paffrey and Pearce are due to be sentenced at Basildon Crown Court in January.