Two men sentenced to life imprisonment for murder after man is doused in petrol and set alight

11/09/2013

Jakub Ostrowski and Mariusz Florowski were sentenced today at the Central Criminal Court to life with a minimum of 30 years for the murder of Benedykt Nowak and attempted murder of his brother, Przemyslaw Nowak.

Elaine Cousins, CPS London Senior Crown Prosecutor, said: "This was a truly horrific crime. Benedykt Nowak was badly beaten, doused with petrol and burned with a handheld propane torch until the petrol ignited and he was engulfed in flames.
"He suffered severe burns to 75 per cent of his body and died two days later in hospital.
"Benedykt's brother was also doused in petrol and badly beaten, resulting in a punctured lung.
"The unprovoked attack on 22 February 2013 occurred in the brothers' garage business in Southall which was completely destroyed by fire as a result.
"This was extremely cruel and violent crime and the offenders have now been brought to justice.
"Our thoughts are with the Nowak family at this time."


Background

Jakub Ostrowski, 37, and Mariusz Florowski, 38, were convicted and sentenced as follows:
Murder - life imprisonment minimum 30 years
Attempted murder - 27 years
Arson reckless as to whether life endangered - 8 years

Their sentences will run concurrently.