Gabor Sarkozi murder: Two men found guilty
Two men from Rhyl have been convicted of the murder of a delivery driver in Denbighshire.
Gabor Sarkozi, 38, was from Hungary and worked from the Happy Garden takeaway in Meliden near Prestatyn.
The court had heard how he was punched, kicked and stamped on by James Siree, 22, and his uncle Gary Bland.
Mr Justice Griffith-Williams at Mold Crown Court said he wanted to think overnight about the minimum sentences to be imposed.
It was an important matter and he did not want to be rushed, he said.
The jury took an hour-and-a-half to reach its verdict.
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He sustained fatal injuries at the hands of these mindless thugs”
Jurors had heard the prosecution say the evidence against the two men was overwhelming following the attack on 18 October last year.
Hungarian national, Mr Sarkozi, who was a delivery driver for the Happy Garden chip shop, died from a series of injuries after being attacked near the village of Meliden.
The men, both from Rhyl, denied any part in the incident.
In their evidence both Mr Siree and Mr Bland said they had been trying to help Mr Sarkozi after discovering him collapsed.
North Wales Police welcomed the guilty verdicts
Detective Inspector Iestyn Davies, who led the investigation, said Mr Sarkozi came to the UK to search for work and lived "a respectable life in the Rhyl area".
The officer said Mr Sarkozi's life had been "cruelly taken from him" by Siree and Bland, when they viciously attacked him as he was walking through the village of Meliden.
"He was repeatedly punched and kicked before they escorted him to the area of his workplace where they launched a further sickening attack on the defenceless Sarkozi.
"He sustained fatal injuries at the hands of these mindless thugs. North Wales will be a safer place as a result of their imprisonment," he added.
Det Insp Davies said officers had supported Mr Sarkozi's family in Hungary over the past seven months.
"(They) have shown extreme courage and resilience. Their lives will never be the same again.
"The public response and eagerness to support North Wales Police in the inquiry was significant and I am extremely grateful to all concerned," he added.