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Man jailed for life for cold-blooded hammer killing in Plymouth

|News, Violent crime

A man has been jailed for life for the murder of Adrian Cieslik in Plymouth.

Anthony Brinton, 43, was told he must serve a minimum tariff of 28 years for the cold-blooded killing. He took a claw hammer to Mr Cieslik’s home, where he let himself in and there used it to strike Mr Cieslik at least nine times to his head as he lay in bed on 11 January 2020. He then took the hammer and disposed of it into the sea. He also undressed and deposited his clothing to remove any evidence that might connect him to his crime.

Mr Cieslik died of his injuries in Derriford Hospital on 22 March 2020.

Iain White, of the CPS, said: “Anthony Brinton pleaded guilty to manslaughter, claiming that he had killed Adrian Cieslik after a loss of control.

“This defence was rejected by the Judge, following which Anthony Brinton finally pleaded to guilty to murder.

“The police officers in the case were commended by the Judge for their excellent work throughout the course of the investigation, in particular the way in which they tracked down vital CCTV evidence, and I would like to add my thanks to them.

“The sentence of life with a minimum tariff of 28 years reflects the truly brutal nature of this crime”.

Notes to editors

  • Iain White is a Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS South West.

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