Friday 30 September 2016

Gang of robbers to be sentenced for killing millionaire for Rolex watch

Emily Pennink

Published 23/10/2015 | 08:03

Undated handout photo issued by Hertfordshire Constabulary of Miltiades Papadopoulos, 41,
Undated handout photo issued by Hertfordshire Constabulary of Miltiades Papadopoulos, 41,

A gang of robbers are facing lengthy jail sentences for killing a self-made millionaire in his own home for the sake of his Rolex watch.

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Gambling addict Miltiades Papadopoulos, also known as Milton, 41, was found dead at his luxury house in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, on October 22 last year.

Undated handout photo issued by Hertfordshire Constabulary of Sebastian Kimel, 40
Undated handout photo issued by Hertfordshire Constabulary of Sebastian Kimel, 40

He had been trussed up and smothered to death before the robbers ransacked his home, tearing apart sofa cushions and spraying the naked body with foam stuffing as they searched for his hidden cash.

Mr Papadopoulos's body was discovered after his business manager raised the alarm. The only item that police could confirm was missing was his £20,000 Rolex.

The court heard the robbers had identified Milton as a target through a mysterious Polish Mr Big called Lucasz who supplied the victim with escort girls who in turn reported back on his wealth.

On the anniversary of the victim's death, Polish national Sebastian Kimel, 40, was found guilty of his murder while countrymen Arkadiusz Szarkowski, 42, and Krzysztof Kasza, 42, were convicted of manslaughter.

Undated handout photo issued by Hertfordshire Constabulary of Arkadiusz Szarkowski, 42
Undated handout photo issued by Hertfordshire Constabulary of Arkadiusz Szarkowski, 42

Kimel, from Streatham, south London, Szarkowski, from Hornchurch, Essex, and Kasza, from Wood Green, north London, were all convicted of conspiracy to rob and conspiracy to falsely imprison.

The jury was not told that a fourth suspected killer, Wojciech Ryniak, was not in the dock because he had himself been murdered before he could be apprehended by police.

The fact that Kasza, who went by the alias Turlej in the UK, is facing two European Arrest Warrants for crimes involving house breaking, extortion and using false currency could also only be reported at the conclusion of the trial

The victim's family are expected to come to the Old Bailey to see the three defendants sentenced later today.

Undated handout photo issued by Hertfordshire Constabulary of Krzysztof Kasza, 42
Undated handout photo issued by Hertfordshire Constabulary of Krzysztof Kasza, 42

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