Two Jailed Over Homeless Man's Brutal Murder

16 January 2018, 16:53

Razvan Sirbu

Two men who beat a homeless man to death in Maidstone have been jailed for life.

Razvan Sirbu suffered catastrophic injuries to his head and body after being attacking with weapons including a meat cleaver 

The 21-year-old's body was found by dog walkers in an area of woodland near Cave Hill in Tovil last May.

He was discovered close to a tent he had been living in, which had been slashed in several places.

A post mortem examination revealed blunt force trauma to the head and torso. 

There were multiple skull fractures, facial bone fractures as well as significant injuries to the body, including several fractured ribs.

Charlie White, Alex Macdonald and James Buckley were all arrested on suspicion of murder. 

CCTV recovered from a local skate part showed White burning clothing believed to have been worn during the murder. 


 Video: CCTV shows the moment Charlie White burns clothing used in the murder

Images also revealed Macdonald and Buckley appearing to re-enact some of the violence.

A grey coat was seized from a caravan where Macdonald was arrested in Shepherdswell. 

Blood found on the hood was tested and matched Mr Sirbu’s DNA. 

Detectives also uncovered details of a conversation between White and Macdonald whereby White had asked him why he kept beating Mr Sirbu in the face. Macdonald was said to have replied ‘cos I thought it was funny’.

 During police interview White issued a prepared statement. He claimed on the day of the murder he planned stealing a lawnmower from a garden in Bockingford Road. 

He said he was carrying a meat cleaver for protection against the person he was hoping to sell it to. White claimed as he was making his way to the property he heard shouting and that a man speaking a foreign language then tried to attack him. 

Alex Macdonald

Pic: Alex Macdonald was jailed for at least 18 years 

He admitted repeatedly striking Mr Sirbu with the cleaver, but denied aiming any blows to his head. White said he acted in self-defence and had played no part in encouraging others to also attack Mr Sirbu. 

All three were charged with murder and remanded in custody. 

Appearing before Maidstone Crown Court, White, aged 19 and formerly of Quarry Road, Maidstone and Macdonald, aged 19 and formerly of Regency Place, Maidstone both pleaded not guilty to murder and the case went to trial. They were both found guilty by a jury and sentenced on Tuesday 16 January. 

White will serve a minimum of 16 years in prison and Macdonald a minimum of 18 years. 

Buckley, aged 20 and formerly of Capell Close, Coxheath, was deemed unfit to plead, but was found by the jury to be involved in the act of killing Mr Sirbu. Sentencing for Buckley was adjourned until a later date. 

Charlie White

Pic: Charlie White will serve at least 16 years behind bars 

 Detective Chief Inspector Tony Pledger said: ‘Razvan Sirbu was set upon and attacked in the most appalling and cowardly way, subjected to multiple blows over a prolonged period, leaving him with devastating injuries to his both his head and body.  

‘Whilst our investigation has proved beyond any doubt the involvement of all three men in this case, the reasons behind the attack remain unclear. The violence was gratuitous and without any provocation and this murder has robbed a young man of his life and also devastated the lives of his loved ones.'