Jurius Tarasov who was due to sentenced for manslaughter has been arrested in Croydon after nine days on the run

Jurius Tarasov has now been found

Valodia Tarasov

Viktoras Tarasov

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A convicted killer who was on the run for nine days after failing to turn up in court has now been found.

Jurius Tarasov was arrested in Croydon town centre last night after a tip-off from a member of the public.

Tarasov, from Brixton, is now in custody and will appear at the Old Bailey this week for sentencing.

The 33-year-old and his brothers Valodia and Viktoras Tarasov brutally attacked Pawel Pacholak on January 13 last year, believing he had stolen Jurius’ phone.

The Polish national took refuge in a bathroom and tried to escape the abuse by jumping from the window.

The 37-year-old landed face-down, broke his neck, and collapsed shortly after.

He was later found dead slumped against the wall outside the property in Albert Carr Gardens, Streatham.

A post-mortem which found he had significant head and upper body injuries, including 11 broken ribs, gave his cause of death as multiple injuries.

The brothers were arrested a few days later and charged for manslaughter.

Valodia and Viktoras, from Croydon, were also charged with perverting the course of justice by trying to clean up blood in the property.

Viktoras was also found guilty of perverting the course of justice for attempting to give his brothers false alibis in a police interview. 

All three brothers had denied manslaughter but were found guilty on Thursday, July 24, and were due to be sentenced the day after.

The court issued bench warrants for Jurius and Valodia men when they failed to attend. 

Valodia was arrested the same day, but until last night Jurius managed to evade the police for over a week.

Viktoras attended and has been remanded pending sentencing.

 

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