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Man Set On Fire: Murder Pair Jailed For Life
Two men have been jailed for life for killing a man by setting him on fire and trying to kill his brother the same way.
Jakub Ostrowski and Mariusz Florowski were both convicted of murder and attempted murder earlier this month.
The pair were each sentenced to a minimum of 30 years in jail for the murder of 35-year-old Benedykt Nowak, also known as Ben.
They also got 27 years for the attempted murder of Sam Nowak and eight years for recklessly endangering the lives of others by arson as police said justice had been done.
Both men's sentences will run concurrently and they have been told they must serve a minimum of 30 years before they are considered for release.
During the three-week trial, the Old Bailey heard how police were called last February to reports of a fire at a commercial premises in the Dilloway industrial estate in Southall.
London Fire Brigade and London Ambulance Service also went to scene and Ben and 27-year-old Sam Nowak were taken to hospital suffering serious injuries where Ben later died.
Police said 37-year-old Ostrowski, of Isleworth, and Florowski, 38, of Greenford, carried out a prolonged violent attack on the brothers before drenching them both in petrol.
Detective Sergeant Stuart Reeves said: "Acting together they then set light to Benedykt Nowak causing him such severe burns that he later died in hospital.
"Przemyslaw (Sam) Nowak managed to escape but was severely injured in the attack.
"The subsequent fire also caused a vast amount of damage putting the lives of residents and emergency service personnel at risk.
"Benedykt Nowak was murdered in a callous manner and this was witnessed by his courageous brother who bravely gave evidence in court.
"The investigation team are satisfied that justice has been done in this case. However, this does not detract from the continued grief and suffering that the actions of Mariusz Florowski and Jakub Ostrowski has had on the family of Benedykt Nowak."