15/07/2011 Midlands Today


15/07/2011

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Good evening. The Shropshire man serving life for a brutal murder in

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1994 has been found responsible for two others committed in the same

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year. Robin Ligus was 59 and was presented in the dock for only one

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day at his month-long trial at Birmingham Crown Court, having been

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judged mentally unfit for taking part in the proceedings.

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He called himself a natural born killer, but it took 17 years to

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bring Robin Ligus to full account for his crimes. He has been in jail

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for the mid- 90s, when he battered to death Robert Young, a retired

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businessman and his home in Shrewsbury. I don't know who would

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want to do that to him. He did nobody any harm. He would chatter

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as we went by. We now know this is not his only killing, far from it.

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I had an iron bar. It was inside my camouflage jacket and I hit him on

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the back of the head. And 2009, he confessed to the murder of Trevor

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Bradley, an antiques dealer found and the remains of his burnt-out

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car. I hope he rots in hell. I truly hope you rot in hell.

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Trevor's younger brother of new Robin Ligus and says he is a

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psychopath. He is now confined to a wheelchair and has been considered

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mentally unfit to attend the trial. He has a full-time carer in prison.

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There are pensioners out here that have led an honest life and they

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cannot have their own careers. But we have this sort of person already

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doing life for killing someone, living the life of luxury.

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other victim was Bryan Coles, battered over the head during a

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burglary at his bungalow in Whitchurch. The original police

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inquiry team have doubted the truth of his confessions which he later

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retracted. A decade on, Cold Case Review Letters to the charges.

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Robin Ligus claimed he drowned another man when he was just 17 but

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police found no record of that victim. And imagining, perhaps, of

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a murderous mind. And Robin Ligus will be sentenced

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on July 29th. The jury found it had not been proved that he was

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involved in the death of Bernard Czyzewska, whose body was found in

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the River Severn in November, 1994. West Midlands police blame the

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soaring price of gold for a soaring spate of street robberies targeting

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the Asian community. Across the area, 52 women have had their

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jewellery snatched this month, double the average. Our reporter

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has had exclusive access to the police operation which has seen

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over 100 arrests in two weeks. Gold has never been such a safe

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investment. But with prices doubling in the past 12 months,

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opportunist thieves present a real danger. Naeeda Bi found this out to

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her cost. My daughter was with me at the time. He jumped on me.

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is one of 15 Asian women targeted by chain snatches in Birmingham's

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famous Soho Road Road area in the past month. Police say that Asian

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gold has become a target because it is purer and often on display. They

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are targeting individual suspects, but police recognise they must also

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reassure the wider community. ensure there is his ability in key

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locations to show the public we are taking the effects of robbery

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seriously. -- there is visibility. And we are sending out the message

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to robbers, and we are out in force, overtly and covert leave. This is

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�100,000 worth, smelted down in a few minutes. Reputable jewellers in

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the City have adopted a Neighbourhood Watch style or

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approach to stop thieves trying to use them to liquify stolen gold.

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one of us has a problem, everybody is aware within seconds that there

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is a problem in the area and to look out for people. The West

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Midlands Police is pouring resources into the crime hot spots

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that this is creating. Cricket now, and Warwickshire take

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on Leicestershire in a Twenty20 match and Edgbaston's new

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floodlights tonight. There will be in full match commentary from 7

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