Squatter gets 17 years for stamp murder as man slept in Forest Gate

A squatter who kicked and stamped his housemate to death in a ‘‘ferocious, severe and prolonged attack’’ was jailed for a minimum of 17 years.

Paulius Korsakas, 27, from Lithuania battered Russian Igor Vinogradov, 37, in a drunken fury as he slept on the floor in Capel Road, �Forest Gate, after a row left Korsakas feeling ‘‘humiliated or slighted’’.

Korsakas then attempted to burn the body to destroy the evidence, before texting his girlfriend to admit: “I broke one guy really badly”.

Both men had come to Britain for a better life, the court was told.

Mr Vinogradov’s body was not discovered until January 31, 11 days after the killing.


Jailing Korsakas on Friday, Judge Peter Rook, QC, told him: “You deprived your victim of his most precious possession – life itself. This was a ferocious, severe and prolonged attack on a highly vulnerable man. You continued your �attack despite his pleas and even attempted to destroy his body by fire. In my view those factors outweigh the limited mitigation in this case.”

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Korsakas, of no fixed address, who moved to the UK in 2006, denied murder but was convicted after a trial at the Old Bailey.

Mr Vinogradov was kicked, punched and stamped upon. He died inhaling his own blood.

Adrian Darbishire, prosecuting, said Korsakas’s �attack was ‘‘no more than drunken temper and loss of self control, resulting from some sense that he had earlier been humiliated or slighted’’.

In a statement, Mr Vinogradov’s mother Anna Rudinskaja said she had been devastated by the death.

It had resulted in tremendous stress and she has been �admitted to hospital with a heart condition.

She said that her son moved to England to have a better quality of life.

Jonathan Mann, defending, said of Korsakas: “He came to this country looking for a better life, but that ended up with him losing his job and his family and a descent into �alcohol and criminal �activity.”