Following an investigation by Thames Valley Police a man has been sentenced after he was convicted of murder.
Liam Turner, aged 29, of Spencer Road, Reading was sentenced at Reading Crown Court today (12/2) to life imprisonment with a minimum term of sixteen years.
Turner was convicted of one count of murder following a trial at Reading Crown Court which concluded yesterday (11/2). He was found guilty by unanimous jury.
The conviction relates to an incident in which Turner assaulted a man causing him catastrophic injuries.
At around 2.40am on Tuesday 10 April 2018 Miroslaw Januszkiewicz (known as Mirek), aged 42, and was walking along the A329 London Road, Bracknell when Turner approached him in his car.
A verbal exchange took place between the two men and the victim continued to walk. He was followed by Turner, who eventually got out of his vehicle. He then viciously assaulted Mirek causing him significant head injuries.
Mr Januszkiewicz, of Bracknell, was discovered in London Road near to the BP garage, and was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital where he sadly died the following day from the injuries he sustained from the attack.
Turner was arrested on Wednesday 11 April 2018 on suspicion of attempted murder. He was further arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of Mr Januszkiewicz.
Turner was charged on 13 April 2018 with one count of murder.
Senior investigating officer, Detective Chief Inspector Andy Howard, said: “Miroslaw Januskiewicz or Mirek as he was known to his family and friends was a father, a husband, a son, a brother and uncle and had numerous friends within the local community.
“He had moved to the UK to try and increase his opportunities for work and to provide for his family. During his time in the UK Mirek didn’t always find that things ran smoothly but he persisted in finding work opportunities and he was an honest and determined family man.
“Mirek was absolutely in the wrong place at the wrong time in the early hours of Tuesday 10th April 2018 as he walked along the London Road, Bracknell. Minding his own business this slightly built 42 year old man was approached by Liam Turner, a man of much younger years and much larger build.
“Only Liam Turner can tell us what actually happened during the interaction with Mirek but what is clear from the evidence in this case and Turner’s behaviour in the preceding days is that he was an angry and upset young man whose behaviour was becoming steadily more aggressive. Somebody who was blaming others for his situation and somebody who was refusing to accept any responsibility himself.
“Sadly Mirek was the victim of Turner’s violent and selfish actions and was subjected to a brutal and entirely unprovoked assault. Mirek was an innocent member of the public who posed absolutely no threat to Turner.
“The sentence passed today means that Turner will spend a significant time in prison. In my opinion Liam Turner is a very dangerous individual and the sentence passed recognises that and the shocking nature of Mirek’s killing.
“The impact on Mirek’s family and friends has been huge. Two children have lost their father and Mirek’s sister and young niece and nephew, who also live in Bracknell, have lost somebody who was an integral part of their lives.
“They regularly have to travel past the scene of Mirek’s murder so there is a constant reminder for them of Turner’s brutal and needless actions.
“Mirek’s family in Poland including his children, his Mother, his siblings, nieces and nephews never got the chance to see him or say goodbye to him after he was attacked.
“It was Mirek’s family’s wish to take him back to Poland for burial. The cost of this was significant and was only achieved via a fund raising appeal. His family are extremely grateful for the support they received from the local community in allowing Mirek to be returned to Poland so he could be buried in his hometown with his family present, including his elderly mother.
“The conviction and sentence of Liam Turner for Mirek’s killing will in no way compensate his family for their loss but I sincerely hope that they feel that justice has been achieved for Mirek and that this now provides an opportunity for them to look to the future. Our thoughts remain with them.”