Two guilty of Gabor Sarkozi murder

29/05/2012

Two Rhyl men have been convicted at Mold Crown Court of the murder of Gabor Sarkozi in Denbighshire.

The court had heard that James Siree and Gary Bland punched and kicked Mr Sarkozi in an attack near Meliden in October 2011.

Siree and Bland had denied murder and told the court they had been trying to help Mr Sarkozi after discovering him collapsed.

Ian Evans, Crown Advocate for the Crown Prosecution Service in Wales, said: "Gabor Sarkozi's death was brutally violent and utterly senseless. Gary Bland and James Siree attacked him with a callous, almost casual disregard for his life.

"The defendants then concocted a story in an attempt to portray themselves as good Samaritans who had come to Mr Sarkozi's aid.  As prosecuting authorities, we firmly believed that the weight of evidence simply did not support this version of events and the jury came to the same conclusion.

"I would like to thank all those who supported the prosecution as witnesses, as well as the officers of North Wales Police who carried out a swift and thorough investigation leading to the construction of a strong prosecution case.

"Only Gary Bland and James Siree truly know what led them to commit such an atrocious crime. What is in no doubt is that the family and friends of Gabor Sarkozi will have to live with the consequences for many years to come. Our thoughts are with them."