Romanian national found guilty of murdering Birmingham man

02/05/2012

A 35 year-old Romanian man, Florin Baboi, was today convicted by a jury at Birmingham Crown Court of the murder of David McArthur, a 63 year-old man from Northfield, Birmingham, in August last year and sentenced to 23 years imprisonment.

Ian Crooks, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said:

"This was the cruel and brutal murder of Mr McArthur by a man whom he had befriended the previous evening in Birmingham City centre. 

"Florin Baboi gained this gentleman's trust and was invited to his home where he violently assaulted him the following morning after being disturbed stealing from him.

"Having carried out the attack, Baboi travelled back to Romania in order to escape justice. However, thanks to the joint efforts of the Romanian authorities, West Midlands Police and the CPS, the defendant was arrested in Bucharest under the terms of a European Arrest Warrant and within four weeks was brought back to the UK and appeared at court charged with Mr McArthur's murder.

"We hope that today's conviction brings some comfort to Mr McArthur's brother and his sisters who have attended each day of the trial. Today's conviction is also important in demonstrating how the CPS and our partners in the criminal justice system are committed to bring to justice those who commit serious crimes in this country and then attempt to evade justice by fleeing abroad."