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Brothers were bludgeoned to death

Waldemar, left, and Andrzej Markuszewski
The brothers were last seen alive at the Luton Carnival

Two Polish brothers were "savagely" bludgeoned to death in a row over money, a court has heard.

Marek Miazga, 41, of Brook Street, Luton, denies murdering Waldemar Markuszewski, 43, and Andrzej Markuszewski, 46.

Their bodies were found at their rented home in Luton in June 2005 - two days after they were seen at Luton Carnival.

Mr Miazga used one of their bank cards to withdraw cash after the killings, Luton Crown Court heard.

Prosecutor Miranda Moore QC told jurors CCTV had captured the Markuszewski brothers - Waldemar known as Waldeck and Andrzej known as Andreaus - drinking with Mr Miazga and another man on 30 May 2005.

'Savage beatings'

Ms Moore told the court Mr Miazga and the other man had savagely beaten the brothers to death at their own home in Dunsmore Road that afternoon.

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of the other man who is believed to have fled to Poland, the court heard.

"At the home, this defendant, together with his co-accused, beat the two brothers to death," Ms Moore said.

"The beatings were savage, including stamping on the body of Waldeck.

"Andreaus was also severely assaulted and again the injuries were severe."

Extensive skull fractures

She said both brothers had suffered kicking and stamping, and it appeared they had been attacked with bar bells.

"There were extensive skull fractures," Ms Moore told the court.

"Andreaus died as a result of severe impact injuries to his head.

"The severity of the injuries were such that all areas of his skull and facial bones had been fractured - his head was flattened."

The court heard how shortly after the murders Waldeck Markuszewski's cash card was used to withdraw money in Luton town centre.

Waldeck Markuszewski ran a building company in the Luton area and employed Marek Miazga.

The pair fell out because Mr Miazga felt he should be paid the same wages as his boss, the court heard.

The trial continues.

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