Brentwood man sentenced after pleading guilty to murder

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A man has been sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 14 years after evidence gathered by our detectives left him no choice but to admit his guilt.

Jevgenijs Lapkovskis admitted the murder of Lee Murrell in Brentwood on Tuesday April 5 this year.

Police attended an address on Warley Hill at about 1.10pm after being alerted to an incident through colleagues in Garda Siochana, the national police service of Ireland.

Earlier that morning Lapkovskis had called family in the Republic of Ireland to explain to them that he had violently assaulted Mr Murrell using a bottle and he didn’t know what to do.

Soon after, a member of Lapkovskis’ family attended a police station in Ireland to report the incident.

When officers arrived, they found Mr Murrell, 29, had been seriously injured and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Lapkovskis, 36, of Warley Hill, Brentwood, was arrested at the scene and later charged with murder.

He initially claimed the incident was a result of self-defence but appeared at Basildon Crown Court last week and admitted the charge.

He was handed a life sentence today at Basildon Crown Court and must serve a minimum of 14 years.

In a statement, Lee’s family said: “Today we finally have justice for Lee.

“After six gruelling months of waiting to see if we would have to endure an emotional and exhausting trial and waiting to find out why Lee’s life was taken needlessly and tragically, we didn’t get all the answers we wanted and perhaps we never will.”

Detective Chief Inspector Ant Alcock, who led the investigation, said: “Lapkovskis did initially attempt to claim that his actions were in self-defence. They were not. He knowingly carried out a sustained assault on Lee, a man who trusted Lapkovskis as a friend, which ultimately led to Lee losing his life.”

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