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Man killed for 'not saying bye'

A father of two was kicked to death by three teenagers in Cambridgeshire for asking for a light and "not saying goodbye", a jury has heard.

Piotr Bielicki, 25, was walking home in Peterborough when the men attacked him, Cambridge Crown Court heard.

Erikas Cicienas, now 20, Ricardas Kozevnikovas, 19, and Augustinas Baltrunas, 19, all of Peterborough, deny murder.

More than 60 injuries were found on Mr Bielicki's body, the court heard.

Prosecutor Nigel Godsmark said the attack, on 13 September last year, was "savage", "casual" and "mindless".

Imprint of shoe

Mr Bielicki's alleged attackers, who were then aged 18 and 19, kicked him so hard in the stomach that blood vessels broke, he added.

One stamped on his head and left an imprint of a shoe before the group took his mobile phone and left him on the ground, the court heard.

Mr Godsmark said all three had denied knowledge of the attack when questioned by detectives.

But Mr Baltrunas had told friends how Mr Bielicki had been set upon after asking for a light and "not saying goodbye".

Fibres matching the victim's clothes had been found on Mr Baltrunas's clothing and blood matching Mr Bielicki's had been found on shoes worn by Mr Cicienas and Mr Kozevnikovas, said Mr Godsmark.

Mr Cicienas had also taken the SIM card from Mr Bielicki's mobile, transferred it to his phone, then made a call to his girlfriend, the court heard.

Captured on CCTV

The three men had been sitting on a bench drinking beer when Mr Bielicki walked by at about 2100 BST.

"He was attacked, punched and kicked and left lying on the ground close to the bench and the beer cans from which these three defendants had been drinking," said Mr Godsmark.

The three men were filmed by CCTV cameras as they made their way around Peterborough after the attack, and Mr Kozevnikovas was seen to kick a homeless man in the head after he asked for change, Mr Godsmark said.

The court heard Mr Bielicki had moved from his native Poland - where he had studied business management - in 2005 to look for work.

The trial continues.



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