Published Friday, 23 March 2012
Lindsey White has been jailed for a minimum of 14 years for murder. (© Pacemaker)
Lindsey White, who was just 21-years-old at the time of the killing, was found to have taken part in kicking homeless man Marek Mateusz Muszynski to death on 6 July 2009 - at one point, standing on the victim's throat.
He was robbed of his last 70p and left to die on the street.
White, who is now 23 and pregnant, was found guilty at Newry Crown Court last month and was handed an automatic life sentence.
Sentencing her on Friday, Judge David McFarland said: "One's feelings of revulsion have been exacerbated by the knowledge that Marek Muszynski lay there for about half-an-hour before he finally died with no medical assistance being requested, even on an anonymous basis by White or (co-accused Adrian) Cunningham.
"Both seemed more concerned about buying more alcohol and then a take-away meal."
Marek Muszynski was a 40-year-old Polish national who came to Northern Ireland in search of a better life. Tragically, his life was taken from him... Marek was a totally innocent victim.
DCI Gareth Talbot
It was the evidence of 20-year-old Cunningham - White's former friend, who pleaded guilty to his part in the murder and who is now serving a minimum of 11 years behind bars - that convinced the jury to convict White.
Judge McFarland found that, while the attack was White's idea, there was initially no intention to cause serious injury and that her role in the escalation of the attack was secondary to that of Cunningham.
But he added that she had shown "absolutely no remorse or even regret".
White, from Mary Street in Newry, showed no emotion as sentence was passed.
The senior police officer in charge of the investigation into Mr Muszynski's murder said he hoped the victim's family could take some small measure of comfort from the conviction.
"CCTV images we have released today show White and Cunningham casually walking away from the scene, minutes after the attack, on their way to get a takeaway meal having taken Marek's last 70p from his pocket," Detective Chief Inspector Gareth Talbot said.
"Newry is undoubtedly a safer place today now these two killers are behind bars. We will do our utmost to protect members of all communities and all nationalities in Northern Ireland."
He added: "Our thoughts today are with Marek's family in Poland who were unable to travel to Northern Ireland.
"Hopefully, today's sentencing will provide them with a small degree of comfort after this senseless attack on their innocent loved one so many miles from home."
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