Man jailed for murdering friend with paving slab before going on gambling spree in Solihull - The Solihull Observer
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9th Aug, 2022

Man jailed for murdering friend with paving slab before going on gambling spree in Solihull

Sarah Mason 18th May, 2022

A MAN who killed his friend with a paving slab before going on a gambling and drinking spree has been jailed.

Lukas Domeradzki beat Sebastian ‘Seba’ Zygmunt over the head at his home in Solihull last June.

Domeradzki then took around £2,000 of the victim’s money and then spent the rest of the day at various bookmakers, buying clothes and purchasing beer.

The 35-year-old also deceived Seba’s girlfriend, who was worried when she couldn’t get in contact with her partner, into believing he was still alive.

Domeradzki – of no fixed address – was jailed for 30 years at Birmingham Crown Court.

The killer and victim had been at another friend’s home the evening before the murder where it’s understood drugs were used.

West Midlands Police say CCTV from neighbouring properties showed Domeradzki go into the back garden at around 9.50am and, although it’s not clear on the footage, police believe this to be when the paving slab was picked up.

The blood-stained slab was found near to Seba’s body, discovered in the conservatory at around 6.10pm, and subsequent analysis revealed Domeradzki’s DNA was on it.

Police said Domeradzki slipped up by speaking to a mutual friend and claiming “they had killed him,” before the body was discovered.

Detective Inspector Jim Mahon, who led the investigation, said: “This is the tragic death of a young man who had his life ahead of him.

“Domeradzki – who we believe was likely to be under the influence of drink and drugs – saw Seba and his money as an easy target.

“He took the opportunity to kill him, steal his property and money, and then go on a gambling spree. He was deceitful in trying to cover up his actions and lied following his arrest.

“But he was caught out by a combination of phone evidence, CCTV, DNA and the hard work of my team.

“This conviction can never compensate for the loss of Seba, but we hope the fact his killer is going to prison for a long time will be of some comfort to his loved ones.”

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