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One of three brothers guilty of manslaughter goes missing

Brothers Viktoras Tarasov, Valodia Tarasov and Jurius Tarasov Image copyright Met Police
Image caption Brothers Viktoras Tarasov, Valodia Tarasov and Jurius Tarasov were found guilty of manslaughter

One of three brothers convicted of manslaughter has gone missing after failing to appear at the Old Bailey for sentencing, police said.

Police are still searching for Jurius Tarasov after he and his brother Valodia did not turn up at court.

Valodia Tarasov has now been arrested and a warrant for Jurius's arrest has been issued.

The two men and their brother Viktoras Tarasov, were convicted on Thursday of the manslaughter of Pawel Pacholak.

Viktoras Tarasov appeared at court as scheduled and was remanded in custody.

'Terrified into jumping'

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Image caption Pawel Pacholak died in January 2013

The three brothers - Viktoras Tarasov, 29 of Aurelia Road, Croydon, Valodia Tarasov, 35, of Abingdon Road, Streatham and Jurius Tarasov, 33, of Barrington Road, Brixton - were found to have terrified Mr Pacholak, a Polish national, into jumping from a first-floor window in January 2013.

After being assaulted by the brothers, Mr Pacholak was "so scared" that he "felt he had no option but to escape via a window", police said.

Det Chief Insp Andrew Chalmers, from the Metropolitan Police, said it had been "a complex case", with the prosecution needing to prove that the defendants were responsible for Pawel's death "despite them not actually having pushed him from the window".

Valodia and Viktoras Tarasov were also found guilty of perverting the course of justice.

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