Two jailed for savage beating of homeless man - Luton

16/01/2015

Two men appeared at Luton Crown Court today, Friday, 16 January 2015, and were jailed for a combined total of 17 years for savagely beating a homeless man, who later died.

Carl Stockwell, aged 26, of Dallow Road, Luton and Daniel McRedmond, aged 19, of Shirley Road, Luton attacked 50-year-old Zbignew Pawalec in a derelict cinema in Luton town centre in the early hours of Saturday, 14 June 2014.

They accused him of stealing a bottle of alcohol they had left in the area before punching and kicking him.  The assault was filmed on a mobile phone and showed both men stamping on the victim's head.

Mr Pawalec was seen stumbling out of the cinema later that afternoon and was found unconscious and with head injuries in a car park off George Street West at around 4pm.  He was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital but died on 17 June.

Stockwell and McRedmond were initially arrested and charged with murder. However, a pathologist report was unable to establish a link between their assault and the injuries which led to Mr Pawalec's death.

Both men pleaded guilty to attempting to cause grievous bodily harm (GBH) with intent.  McRedmond was sentenced to nine years imprisonment and Stockwell was sentenced to eight years imprisonment.

Judge Richard Foster described the 90 seconds of mobile phone footage as "chilling."  He said their victim was intoxicated when they attacked him and therefore extremely vulnerable.  "This was a joint enterprise and a vicious attack," he said, adding that stamping on their victim's head with shod feet could be regarded as using a weapon.