Two men have been found guilty of murdering a Romanian rough sleeper who was attacked with a machete.
Razvan Sirbu, 21, was found dead at the Loose Valley Conservation Area in Tovil, near Maidstone, Kent, last May, where he had been living in a tent.
Charlie White and Alex Macdonald, both 19, had denied murder but were convicted at Maidstone Crown Court.
Jurors found a third defendant, Jimmy Buckley, 20, who had been deemed unfit to plead, also “did the act of murder“.
The trial heard how White, of no fixed address, Macdonald, of Regency Place, Maidstone, and Buckley, of Capell Close, Coxheath, had been in the area on the night of 6 May because they planned to steal a sit-on lawn mower.
They will be sentenced on Tuesday.
“It was a shameful and senseless murder of mindless brutality.”
‘Apple of my eye’
In a victim impact statement, Mr Sirbu’s mother Marinella Gafita said the death of her son had left her “crushed to the ground”.
“He came to the UK in the hope he would find himself a job and build a better future for himself.
“We thought it would be a new beginning full of hope but it’s proven to be the end of my beloved son.
“He was the apple of my eye and I would have given my life for him.
“The death of my child broke my heart. I’m crushed to the ground, I feel destroyed.”
Angela Gafita said nine months before he was killed he had completed a college diploma in cookery.
“My heart is shattered, everything is gone,” she said.