Two men have been jailed for the murder of one man and the attempted murder of another in Northampton.
38-year-old Olegs Sergejevs died in hospital after he was attacked in Cliftonville. A second victim, a 32-year-old man, suffered serious injuries but survived.
Vladlens Ignasko , who’s 39, and Igors Kolkunovs, who’s 27, were both given a life sentence at Northampton Crown Court. Ignasko will spend at least 17 years behind bars, and Kolkunovs 14 and-a-half years.
Detective Sergeant Paul Hamilton, from the East Midlands Major Crime Team, said: “We are pleased with the verdict of the court in finding both men guilty of murder and attempted murder and with the sentences handed out by the judge.
“The reason behind this incident appears to be a drunken insult which has resulted in a vicious and sustained attack on two men leading to the death of Olegs Sergejevs and serious injuries to the second victim who is lucky to be alive today.
“This was a needless loss of life which has left a wife distraught, together with two children who will now grow up without a father.”
In a statement Olegs’ wife said: “Life will never be the same again for me and my two daughters. The phone call to say he was no longer alive and also that he had been killed was heartbreaking. My life stopped at that point. I have difficulty sleeping and still cannot remove his clothes from the wardrobe.
“Olegs was a remarkable man and father. I feel guilty that we were living apart. We had agreed a few weeks before his death that Olegs would return to Ireland and to his family.”