Sick killers beat victim to death before moving body across town and burning it

Two killers pushed their victim’s body around town on a bike before setting it on fire.

The burnt body of Mindaugas Arlauskas, 28, was found by a passerby the next morning on an industrial estate.

He had been beaten to death by a metal pole and garden chair at the home of Tomas Lazdauskas, 24, by Donatas Umbrasas, 27, CambridgeshireLive reports.

On May 8, Mr Arlauskas had been invited to his work colleague Lazdauskas’s house in Wisbech, Cambs.

It followed an earlier dispute involving two other women.

He arrived at the house to find Lazdauskas had been drinking with Umbrasas.

Violence soon broke out and Umbrasas swung for the victim and knocked him to the floor, before repeatedly slapping and punching him in the face.

He then dragged him to the garden outside where he beat him to death with a metal pole, garden chair, and other items he could find.

Lazdauskas and Umbrasas then used the victim’s own bike to move his body onto the street outside.

They were caught on CCTV as they pushed the body to a nearby industrial estate, where they tried to set the body alight.

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A post mortem concluded he had died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head.

At Peterborough Crown Court on Monday Lazdauskas was cleared of murder.

He had previously pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Umbrasas, of Wisbech, admitted murder.

Both men will be sentenced on December 18.

In a tribute, the victim’s parents said: “We are devastated by the sudden loss of our beloved son.

He was much loved by us and our family and will be deeply missed.”

Detective Inspector Emma Pitts, of the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, said: "Because of the barbaric actions of Lazdauskas and Umbrasas, a young man has been struck down in the prime of his life.

"While it may not have been Lazdauskas' intention to commit murder, he knowingly lured Mindaugas to his house, aware of the fact Umbrasas intended to hurt him.

"I hope this conviction brings some closure for Mr Arlauskas’s family.”

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