A LIFE sentence has been handed out after a thug stamped on his victim's head during a random and vicious attack.

Liam Turner, of Colliers Way, Reading, faced an 11-day trial at Reading Crown Court over the murder of Miroslaw Januszkiewicz.

Known as Mirek – the victim was walking alone on London Road, Bracknell, on April 10 when he was beaten and left for dead in a pool of blood.

Januszkiewicz, was found an hour later and rushed to hospital, but died the next day as a result of his 'catastrophic' injuries.

Turner, 28, was given a life sentence at the same court on February 12.

A victim impact statement from the victim's sister, Elzbieta Kaczmarek, described the family's immense suffering.

She said: “My heart is bleeding just thinking about what happened. He came to the UK to better his life; not to get killed.

“I was scared to go out at night after what happened to him. I am constantly reminded of where he was killed at the bus stop, which is near my house.

“Marek would not hurt anyone. He [Turner] took my brother’s life and my family’s pain is still unbearable. He has ruined so many other lives as well and I hope he is punished accordingly for what he has done.”

Turner approached the victim in his Ford Fiesta at around 2.40am and proceeded to stamp on Januszkiewicz repeatedly.

Ms Kaczmarek explained in her statement that the family struggled to send his body back to Poland and relied on the generosity of the public through a fundraising campaign.

Turner was convicted by a unanimous jury the day before his sentence.

Passing his sentence, judge Paul Dugdale added: "This was a wholly random attack. There was no provocation whatsoever from Mirek. He did nothing to warrant any sort of violent response.

"The reality is that there is no sentence I can pass today that will seem adequate for the loss suffered by those who loved Mirek.

"His role in this incident was tragic; he was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, walking home alone, late at night, along London Road in Bracknell as Liam Turner happened to drive past."

The judge remained confident that there was no significant pre-mediation – but rejected that Turner's mental health was adequate justification for the horrific act.

In a statement to the court, Turner said: “I cannot ask any of you to accept any apology from me.

“I most dearly and sincerely mean it when I say I wish I could turn back time.

“Unfortunately, words are all I have to offer you. I did not mean to take him away from you all.

“I am so sorry for the pain I have caused and one day - given the chance - I hope to help people in his memory.”