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Murderer guilty of two more deaths

A murderer serving life for bludgeoning a pensioner to death in 1994 committed two other brutal killings in the same year, a jury has ruled.

Robin Stanislaw Ligus, who will now be detained indefinitely in a secure mental hospital, watched via a prison videolink as a Birmingham Crown Court jury found him guilty of the murders of Trevor Bradley and Brian Coles.

A month-long trial heard that Ligus, then living in Shrewsbury, killed Mr Bradley by knocking him out and setting his car on fire, and beat Mr Coles to death with an iron bar.

Ligus, who will be sentenced on July 29, was acquitted of involvement in the death of Bernard Czyzewska, whose body was found in the River Severn in November 1994.