Man jailed over death of vegetable packer who was tied up and subjected to prolonged assault

Pavel Grunt-Meyer, aged 30, from Crocketts Drive, Wisbech, was convicted following a trial at Nottin

Pavel Grunt-Meyer, aged 30, from Crocketts Drive, Wisbech, was convicted following a trial at Nottingham Crown Court. - Credit: Archant

A man has been jailed for 14 years after being found guilty of manslaughter in a trial during which three others were found guilty of murder following a 'pack mentality' attack on a vegetable packer.

Alberts Volkausks died on September 24, 2017. His death followed a horrific attack the previous day

Alberts Volkausks died on September 24, 2017. His death followed a horrific attack the previous day at an address on Pen Street in Boston - Credit: Archant

Pavel Grunt-Meyer, aged 30, of Crocketts Drive, Wisbech, was convicted following a trial at Nottingham Crown Court.

Vegetable packer Alberts Volkausks died on September 24, 2017. His death followed a horrific attack the previous day at an address on Pen Street in Boston where police found 44 year old Alberts with serious injuries. He was taken to Pilgrim hospital for treatment where he sadly died.

The jury heard that Alberts had been lured to the address, tied up, severely beaten and urinated on. He was subject to a prolonged assault, during which the guilty men adopted a pack mentality.

The court was told he had been beaten and urinated on before the assailants took photos astride him 'as if he were a trophy'.


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Although he initially survived, he died within 24 hours of the ordeal.

Following a trial at Nottingham Crown Court, three men were yesterday (Thu) found guilty of murder:

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Mindaugas Cerneckas, aged 30, from Pen Street, Boston

Donatos Dektiariovas, aged 37, from Pen Street, Boston

Andrius Barauskas, aged 39, from Smalley Road, Boston

Two others were found guilty of manslaughter:

Pavel Grunt-Meyer, aged 30, from Crocketts Drive, Wisbech

Tautvydas Vainolavicius, aged 20, from Pen Street, Boston

Senior investigating officer, Detective Chief Inspector Karl Whiffen said: 'This has been an incredibly challenging and complex investigation.

'The inquiry team have worked tirelessly in ensuring that the best possible case was presented to the court. Through a comprehensive investigation we were able to build strong cases against the convicted men and hold them accountable for their actions, which were quite simply deplorable.

'What has become clear throughout this trial is that these men are dangerous and displayed a level of violence that thankfully is incredibly rare.

'The jury has found that all five men played a part in the violent murder of Alberts Volkausks and I am pleased that justice has been served. We would like to thank the community of Boston for their cooperation in all our investigations that followed this incident.'

Andrew Baxter from the CPS said: 'Alberts Volkausks lost his life in a severe and sustained attack. It was a complex case to prosecute.'

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