A mother and son have been sentenced today for a total of 21 and a half years in prison for their involvement in the murder of 52-year-old man Rolandus Poskus in Hull.

Mantas Pundzius, 24, was jailed for a minimum of 19 years for murder. His mother 42-year-old Janina Milieskiene who was also Rolandus Poskus’ partner received 2 and a half years in prison for assisting an offender.

Mr Poskus’ body was found on grassland off Dane Park Road in Orchard Park in Hull on 15 June.

Picture of Rolandus Poskus who was murdered. Credit: Humberside Police

He had been severely beaten by Mantas Pundzius at the home he shared with Janina Milieskiene on Arthur Street two days before his body was found.

He’d suffered multiple fractures to his ribs, injuries to his brain and internal organs and had been hit over the head with a heavy weapon.

Mantas Pundzuis then transported Mr Poskus’ body from Arthur Street following the murder to Orchard Park while his mother cleaned up the house to try and hide the crime.

On sentencing today, Judge Paul Watson QC said about Mantas Pundzius:

This was a savage and sustained attack.

Judge Paul Watson QC

Judge Watson went on to say about Janina Milieskiene (right):

You covered up the most serious of crimes (but) your attempts were not great.”

Judge Paul Watson QC

Detective Chief Inspector Christine Calvert from Humberside Police's Major Crime Team said today:

Following a difficult investigation into this vicious crime, and having sat through the subsequent two week trial, I welcome today’s sentencing of these two individuals.

Christine Calvert