Men jailed for life for 'brutal and cowardly' murder on man in his own home

Laimonas-Prascevicius, left, and Rimantas Vystartas -Credit:Lancashire Police
Laimonas-Prascevicius, left, and Rimantas Vystartas -Credit:Lancashire Police

Two man have been jailed for life for the murder of their housemate in Nelson.

Andrej Minin, 53, was beaten so badly he suffered a brain injury which itself could have proved fatal. He was also stamped on so hard his neck broke. He was killed in the attack on November 5, 2023.

Following a trial at Preston Crown Court, Laimonas Prascevicius, 54, and Rimantas Vystartas, 54, were found guilty of murder. The men claimed Andrej fell down the stairs, but blood marks on the floor showed he had been dragged to the foot of the stairs in the course of the attack.


No motive has been found for the murder, but sentencing, Mr Justice Lavender said both men had been drinking, 'which was no doubt the cause of this horrendous attack' at the Fir Street property.

"This was a prolonged and brutal attack in his own home on a man who was both much smaller than you and outnumbered," the judge added. "He must have been on the floor for much of the time, unable to defend himself.

"Between you, you delivered repeated blows to his head. You undoubtedly inflicted mental and physical suffering on Mr Minin although it may be that he was rendered unconscious part way through."

Fir Street, Nelson
Fir Street, Nelson -Credit:Google

Mr Justice Lavender said he could not be sure which of the defendants had stamped on Mr Minin, causing his neck to break but sentenced them both on the basis they had been involved in a fatal attack. He added he could not be sure either intended to kill their victim.

Both men are of previous good character, with no previous convictions, however the judge said good character is of little significance in a case as serious as this.

He sentenced both to life and ordered they must serve 19 years before the Parole Board can consider whether they can be released. They will remain on licence for the rest of their lives.

DCI Tracey McMurdo, of Lancashire Constabulary's Force Major Investigation Team, said: "This was a brutal and cowardly attack committed against a vulnerable man in his own home.

"Rather than seek help for a man they once called a friend, Prascevicius and Vystartas instead sought to cover their tracks by moving his body.

"I want to thank the jury for their considered verdicts and hope these verdicts give Andrej’s loved ones some sense of closure."

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