Thug killed man by forcing him to drink spirits

October 1, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A thug who killed a factory worker by forcing him to drink almost a full bottle of brandy has been jailed for 10 years.

Killer Aurimas Zarembra, 23, held Gediminas Kirstukas, 23, captive before forcing him to drink booze and dumping him in a field where he died.

Lithunaian-born Zarembra (pictured above, left) was found guilty of manslaughter at Leicester Crown Court on Thursday.

His half-brother Gintaras Kuzmarskis (pictured right), 19, was jailed for three years after he was convicted of false imprisonment.

Sentencing the pair, High Court Judge, Mr Justice Butterfield, said: ”Zarembra, you left him knowing there was a risk he’d die, although you didn’t intend it, you knew the risk was there.

”A decent hard-working young man, with his life ahead of him, he was robbed of his life by your greed and brutality.

”You treated him with great cruelty that night. You got him to consume a lot of alcohol.

”There were marks on his face, consistent with you forcing him to drink alcohol.

”You tied his hands and feet and made him disclose the PIN number of his bank account.

”You, Kuzmarskis, emptied his account, while Zarembra held him hostage.”

Mr Kirstukas’ body was found behind a hedge in a field in Hungarton, Leics., on Christmas Day morning in 2008.

He had been held captive and marks on his face indicated he had been forced to drink alcohol.

An empty bottle of brandy was found lying next to his body.

A post mortem revealed he died as a result of alcohol poisoning.

The court heard the two half-brothers lured the factory worker to a secluded spot and dumped in a field as ”punishment” for trying to grope a girl the previous afternoon.

Detective Chief Inspector Drew Elliott, of Leicestershire Police, said after the case: ”I am pleased for the family that now the trial is over and sentences have been given they can finally start rebuilding their lives and moving forward.”

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