Teens murdered homeless man with machete

Teens murdered homeless man with machete and left body next to tent because one thought it was “funny”

Alex Macdonald and Charlie White were later seen on CCTV re-enacting some of the attack as they burned their clothes

Two teenage friends have been found guilty of murdering a homeless man with a machete because one of them thought it would be “funny”.

Alex Macdonald and Charlie White, both 19, attacked Razvan Sirbu, 21, with the blade and other weapons before leaving his body next to his tent.

Macdonald, White and accomplice James Buckley, 20, were later seen re-enacting some of the unprovoked attack as they burned the clothes they were wearing during the “savage” murder.

In a conversation uncovered by police, White asked Macdonald why he kept beating Mr Sirbu in the face.

Macdonald was said to have replied: “Cos I thought it was funny”.

Victim Razvan Sirbu’s body was found near a tent he had been living in

Mr Sirbu died of multiple skull fractures, facial bone fractures and significant injuries to his body including several fractured ribs.

He was discovered near a tent he had been living in, and the tent was slashed in several places, said police.

Macdonald and White were convicted by a jury at Maidstone Crown Court today for murdering the homeless man amid woodland off Cave Hill in Tovil, Maidstone, Kent, on May 7 last year.

Alex Macdonald, 19, attacked the victim with a machete and other weapons

Sentencing will take place on January 16.

Kent Police released CCTV footage showing Macdonald, of Regency Place, Maidstone, White, of Quarry Road, Maidstone, and Buckley burning their clothes and re-enacting moments from the murder.

A force spokesman said: “Detectives also uncovered details of a conversation between White and Macdonald whereby White had asked him why he kept beating Mr Sirbu in the face.

Charlie White, 19, and Macdonald are due to be sentenced next week

“Macdonald was said to have replied ‘cos I thought it was funny’.”

The spokesman added: “During police interview White issued a prepared statement. He claimed on the day of the murder he planned stealing a lawnmower from a garden in Bockingford Road.

“He said he was carrying a meat cleaver for protection against the person he was hoping to sell it to. White claimed as he was making his way to the property he heard shouting and that a man speaking a foreign language then tried to attack him.

“He admitted repeatedly striking Mr Sirbu with his machete, but denied aiming any blows to his head. White said he acted in self-defence and had played no part in encouraging others to also attack Mr Sirbu.”

Blood on a grey coat found in a caravan where Macdonald was arrested matched Mr Sirbu’s DNA, the spokesman added.

Buckley, of Capell Close, Coxheath, was found unfit to plead but was found by the jury to be involved in the act of killing Mr Sirbu.

Detective Chief Inspector Tony Pledger said: “This was an utterly senseless attack on a young man who stood little chance of protecting himself. Razvan Sirbu was subjected to a horrific ordeal which appears to have been entirely unprovoked.

“He was beaten repeatedly, suffering a catalogue of appalling injuries as a result of a sustained and savage assault.

“Our investigation has uncovered compelling and overwhelming evidence linking the offenders to this murder, but their refusal to tell the truth may mean we never know precisely why they carried out this attack.”