Romanian gang beat man to death with bats and metal poles

Romanian gang beat man to death with bats and metal poles

January 8, 2019

Romanian gang hell-bent on revenge tailgated victim then battered him to death with bats and metal poles before sauntering off ‘like nothing happened’ as paramedics tried in vain to save him

  • Sandel Serbu, 36, was ambushed while out with friends in Ilford, east London 
  • Gang were looking for him after he got into fight outside club six weeks before
  • Brothers Razvan Vladescu and Araman Stoica and others used pick axe handles
  • Pair were convicted of murder, while Ionut Vasile found guilty of manslaughter

A Romanian gang who were hell-bent on revenge battered a man to death with bats and metal poles before sauntering off as paramedics tried in vain to save him.

Sandel Serbu, 36, was ambushed by the gang brandishing pick axe handles and poles while out with two friends in Ilford, east London, on November 12, 2017.

He had been driving with Christina and Oleg Scofari between Global bar and the Azad Food Centre when the killers pulled up behind them and jumped out to attack him.

Brothers Razvan Vladescu, 27, and Araman Stoica, 25, their relative Ionut Vasile, 28, and others had been driving around the area on a ‘surveillance operation’ to find Mr Serbu at the time after he had been involved in a fight a few weeks before.

The group used a number of weapons including a baseball bat, a fluorescent green cricket bat and a two-metre metal pole in the brutal attack.

Mr Serbu was hit ‘at least three times’ before he staggered away to the High Road where he was once again set upon by the gang.

Sandel Serbu, pictured, was battered to death with bats and metal poles by a Romanian gang hell-bent on revenge


Brothers Araman Stoica (left) and Razvan Vladescu (right) were convicted of his murder earlier today. They had been driving around the area looking for Mr Serbu at the time of the attack

The group used a number of weapons including a pair of shears (pictured), a fluorescent green cricket bat and a two-metre metal pole in the brutal attack

The second onslaught, during which the victim was struck again by at least four males ‘all armed with bats’, was witnessed by an ambulance crew on their way to another emergency.

‘Their sirens and blue lights did little, if anything, to deter the attackers,’ Prosecutor Anthony Orchard QC said.

Jurors heard how one passer-by described the blows as being so hard that he heard a ‘crack’ as they landed.


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With ‘traffic backed-up in both directions’ the attackers calmly walked away past the ambulance as Mr Serbu lay face-down in a puddle of blood in the middle of the road, Mr Orchard said.

‘They walked across the front and then down the nearside of the vehicle like nothing happened,’ the prosecutor added.

The two paramedics requested an air ambulance as they treated Mr Serbu at the scene, but he died at the Royal London Hospital two hours later.   

Jurors heard how one passer-by described the blows as being so hard that he heard a ‘crack’ as they landed. Pictured: one of the pick axe handles used in the bloody attack

Mr Serbu had been involved in a fight with two other Romanian men outside Global bar (pictured) around six weeks before the brutal attack, which appeared to be motivated by revenge

Prosecutor Anthony Orchard QC said: ‘The attack on Sandel Serbu was pre-planned. It appears to have been motivated by revenge.

‘About six weeks earlier, on 23 September 2017, Mr Serbu had been involved in a fight with two other Romanian men outside a club on Ilford High Road, which is called Global.

‘During that fight Razvan Vladescu was beaten up by a man called Cristi Buhan, and Mr Serbu became involved in the fight.

‘He punched Razvan Vladescu. It appears Razvan Vladescu suffered an eye injury and was hospitalised.

‘Some weeks after the fight a meeting took place between Razvan Vladescu and Sandel Serbu.

‘Compensation was demanded for Razvan Vladescu. Mr Serbu either refused to pay or failed to pay.’ 

Vladescu and Stoica, both from Romford, denied but were convicted of murder.

Vasile, from Ilford, denied murder and was acquitted but found guilty of manslaughter.

Ionut Cucu, from Ilford, denied and was cleared of murder and manslaughter.

Florin Ivan, from Canning Town, denied and was found not guilty of manslaughter.

Judge Wendy Joseph will sentence the defendants on 15 February. 

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