Potters Bar death - trio sentenced to over 50 years in prison
PUBLISHED: 14:08 23 October 2015 | UPDATED: 14:17 23 October 2015
Three men have today been sentenced to a total of over 50 years in prison in connection with the death of a Potters Bar man following a trial at the Old Bailey.
Miltiades Papadopoulos, who was 41 years old and known as Milton, was found dead at his home address in Parkfield View on October 22, 2014.
Milton’s death prompted an investigation by detectives from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit (BCH MCU).
After an extensive and thorough investigation, which was called Operation Pinene, detectives arrested three men who were subsequently charged with joint enterprise murder, conspiracy to rob and conspiracy to falsely imprison, they are:
Sebastian Kimel, aged 40 and of Beechcroft in Stratton, London.
Arkadiusz Szarkowski, aged 42 and of Abbs Cross Gardens in Romford.
Krzysztof Kasza, aged 42 and of Imperial Road in Wood Green, London.
Although a post-mortem found that the cause of Milton’s death could not be conclusively determined, it is believed he was smothered. There was also bruising to his wrists and ankles, suggesting he had been bound whilst alive.
The court was told how the three men and another conspired together to visit Milton’s address.
Although Kimel had admitted a charge of conspiracy to falsely imprison, he denied joint enterprise murder and conspiracy to rob.
He was found guilty of murder and conspiracy to rob on Tuesday, October 20, and sentenced to life, to serve a minimum of 25 years.
Szarkowski and Kasza both denied the charges of joint enterprise murder, conspiracy to falsely imprison and conspiracy to rob.
On Tuesday, October 20, Szarkowski and Kasza were found guilty of manslaughter, conspiracy to rob and conspiracy to falsely imprison. They were found not guilty of murder.
Both Szarkowski and Kasza were sentenced to 13 years in prison each.
Detective Chief Inspector Jo Walker from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit led the investigation and said: “The offenders went to great lengths to avoid capture both forensically and physically prolonging the investigation.
“Milton was an easy target for this organised crime group. His family have been left devastated by this brutal crime and I hope that today’s sentencing will bring some ease and closure for them.”
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