Mansfield brawl killers convicted

22/05/2012

Two men have been convicted of the killing of a man outside a bar in Mansfield, and a third found guilty of violent disorder in relation to the same incident, described by CPS East Midlands Senior District Crown Prosecutor Lisa Morris as 'a brutal and savage assault'.

In the early hours of 8 May 2011, Jonathan Turner was punched and kicked to the ground outside the Vibe bar in Mansfield in front of several onlookers and kicked while he was on the ground. He died from the injuries sustained in the attack.

Vjacelavs Solovjovs was found guilty of murder and Bagdas Kilic was found guilty of manslaughter. Andrej Novakov,was found guilty of violent disorder for his part in the incident. Solovjovs was also found guilty of perverting the course of justice, for concealing a distinctive jacket he had been wearing on the night of the incident. A fourth man, Miroslavas Budzinskis, pleaded guilty to affray and perverting the course of justice at the start of the trial.

Lisa Morris, Senior District Crown Prosecutor at CPS East Midlands said: "This deplorable attack appears to have been triggered by a remark made by Mr Turner, and the defendants responded with a brutal and savage assault, with tragic consequences for Mr Turner.

"Both admitted involvement in the fight, so the task facing the Crown Prosecution Service was to prove that in attacking Mr Turner, they had intended to cause him serious harm. The CCTV and eyewitness accounts showed that they had continued their attack even after he was on the ground, so we proceeded with a charge of murder.

"The jury has carefully considered all the evidence we have put before them and has determined that Solovjovs is guilty of murder and Kilic is guilty of manslaughter.

"This incident has resulted in tragedy for Mr Turners family. I would like to offer them my sincere condolences at this difficult time."

Solovjovs was sentenced today to 17 years' imprisonment. Kilic was jailed for 10 years and Novokov was handed a three-year sentence. Budzinskis will be sentenced at a later date.