Farm worker Gheorghe Badea jailed for Sussex murder

Gheorghe Badea
Image caption Gheorghe Badea was told he would serve a minimum of 18 years in prison

A farm worker has been sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering a fellow Romanian whose body was found in a former plant nursery in West Sussex.

Tasin Sugaip's body was discovered in Batchmere, near Chichester, on Boxing Day in 2010.

Gheorghe Badea, 55, of Batchmere, was convicted of killing him by a jury on Wednesday, following a trial at Lewes Crown Court.

He was told he would serve a minimum of 18 years in prison.

Mr Sugaip, 45, a married father from Tulcea, in the east of Romania, had been visiting his friend Badea for Christmas, Sussex Police said.

'Vicious attack'

Det Supt Nick Sloan said: "This was a tragic case in which two friends evidently fell out for some reason after a Christmas night drinking bout.

"Mr Sugaip was stabbed 15 times in the chest and back.

Image caption Tasin Sugaip had been visiting the UK from his home in Tulcea, in the east of Romania

"He had arrived in the UK just weeks earlier to earn more money to help support his family, and arranged to stay with Badea, who was already here.

"The pair had permission to be on the disused site to help prevent theft and to do odd jobs."

He said Mr Sugaip had then moved to a flat in Bognor.

"We may never know exactly what caused this vicious attack but it has cost a man his life, and deprived a wife and daughter in Romania of a loving father," Mr Sloan said.

"Our thoughts are with his family, who gave evidence at the trial by video link from Bucharest."

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