Teenagers jailed for life for murdering homeless Romanian man because they ‘thought it was funny’

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer
Alex Macdonald (left) and Charlie White (middle) have been jailed for life for the murder of Razvan Sirbu (PA)

A pair of teenagers have been jailed for life after they brutally bludgeoned a homeless Romanian man to death.

Razvan Sirbu, 21, was left with a broken skull, and fractures to his face and ribs after Charlie White and Alex Macdonald launched an unprovoked attack on him.

The pair, both 19, were jailed for a minimum of 16 years and 18 years respectively at Maidstone Crown Court on Tuesday, Kent Police said.

Razvan Sirbu was left with a broken skull, and fractures to his face and ribs (PA)

Mr Sirbu’s body was found by dog walkers in woodland off Cave Hill in Maidstone on May 7 last year. He was found near a tent he had been living in which had been vandalised.

CCTV of a skate park showed White burning clothing believed to have been worn in the murder, while images appeared to show Macdonald and a third defendant James Buckley re-enacting some of the violence, police said.

Blood found on the hood of a grey coat seized from a caravan where Macdonald was arrested matched Mr Sirbu, and detectives discovered a conversation between him and White where he said he kept beating the victim in the face because he “thought it was funny”.


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White and Macdonald, both of Maidstone, denied murder but were found guilty by a jury.

Detective Chief Inspector Tony Pledger branded the killers’ actions cowardly and said Mr Sirbu was “robbed of his life” by “gratuitous violence” of which the reasons remain unclear.

The pair both denied murder but were found guilty by a jury (PA)

Buckley, 20, formerly of Capell Close, Coxheath, was also charged with murder, but was deemed unfit to plead.

The jury found he was involved in the act of killing Mr Sirbu and he will be sentenced at a later date, police said.