Killer buys himself a beer using stolen cash card

Chilling moment murderer, 24, casually buys himself a beer moments after murdering and robbing grandfather in random street attack as he is jailed for life

  • Paul Warren, 25, killed Martin Brown, 54, in Swindon during a ‘random attack’ 
  • Warren was jailed for life and ordered to serve a minimum of 20 years in prison  

This chilling video shows a killer buying himself a pint after he robbed and murdered a popular grandfather.

Serial street robber Paul Warren, 25, attacked Martin Brown, 54, as he walked home from a grocery shop in Swindon, Wiltshire, on January 27 last year.

The victim, chosen at random, was beaten as he tried to hold onto his wallet and pin number, a court heard.

But he was found seriously injured in the street sometime after the attack – and died in hospital 11 days later.

Bristol Crown Court heard Mr Brown was repeatedly punching him in the head until he handed over his wallet and provided the PIN to his bank card.

He was then caught on video using the proceeds to buy himself a bottle of beer from the local pub.

Serial street robber Paul Warren, 25, attacked Martin Brown, 54, as he walked home from a grocery shop in Swindon, Wiltshire, on January 27 last year

Warren, pictured, chose to attack Mr Brown who had missed his bus and was walking back home following a trip to the shops 

Mr Brown chose to make the trip home on foot after missing his bus and the attack was described as ‘completely random.’

Warren, from Swindon, pleaded guilty to murder earlier this month and was sentenced to life with a minimum term of 20 years at Bristol Crown Court today.

The court heard the victim was left in the street with severe injuries.

It was several hours later that an off-duty paramedic spotted him on his way to work and took him in his own vehicle to hospital. Sadly, Martin never recovered and died 11 days later.

Warren was initially charged with robbery which he pleaded guilty to at an earlier hearing. Earlier this month, he appeared in court again charged with murder and entered another guilty plea.

The court heard Warren had used cash he had stolen from his victim to buy himself beer

In addition to his sentence for murder, he was also given a minimum term of four years for robbery, which will run concurrently.

After the case, Wiltshire Police released footage showing Warren walking alongside Martin as he walked home with his shopping trolley.

A further clip shows Warren at the pub where he went after robbing Martin of his bank card and buying himself a beer.

In a personal impact statement provided to the court, Martin’s sister Gail said her family will never be the same following the horrific events that unfolded last year.

‘What happened on the night my brother was attacked will change many people’s lives forever, and I cannot bear the thought of this happening to anyone else,’ she said.

‘Martin was a good man, very popular with lots of friends and always the joker. He was proud of his children and loved his grandchildren, often sending me pictures of them. He had lots to live for, but he was taken from us too soon.

‘The thought of Martin being attacked and lying out on the cold all night is unbearable. He really didn’t deserve this to happen to him.

‘What happened to Martin has made me more nervous of my surroundings when I am out and who is around, because Martin was just walking along that day, minding his own business.

‘His memory will live on with his family and children.’

In a tribute to her dad, Martin’s daughter Natalie said: ‘The way in which my dad died was inhumane in every way to say the least.

‘He was a man who was selfless and had love for every being on earth. He was a man of many talents – he served in the police force and the army, he even took the time to learn the trades of plumbing and electrics, he always wanted to give back to the world and sadly he was repaid in such a catastrophic way.

‘He had the best sense of humour, and his smile would light up a room. He was a lover of laughter and wanted to spread happiness to those around him.

‘He was a father to Cameron, Janine, Terry and myself, grandfather to Sierra, Hailie and Aaron, brother to Gail and son of Stephanie and Terry. Words can’t describe the hole this has left in all of our hearts and he will forever be remembered for his kind nature. He is deeply missed by everyone who knew and adored him.’

Speaking after the hearing, Det Chief Insp Phil Walker said: ‘Martin had missed the last bus home after doing a grocery shop at a local supermarket so he decided to walk to his home address in Queensfield.

‘Tragically, he was targeted by Warren who launched a violent and sustained attack on him, repeatedly punching him to the head until he handed over his wallet and provided the PIN number to his bank card.

‘Martin was left seriously injured – we believe he attempted to continue on his journey home, but collapsed in the street due to the severity of his injuries. He was later found and taken to hospital where he tragically died a few days later.

‘Officers continued with their enquiries and were able to piece together Martin’s final movements and through CCTV enquiries were able to identify Warren as the man behind the attack – he was arrested initially on suspicion of robbery, before a charge of murder was authorised after Martin sadly died as a result of his injuries.

‘This was a completely random attack and Warren’s actions were totally cowardly – he has devastated a family and all of those who knew Martin.

‘Violence of this severity will not be tolerated and we are committed to reducing violent incidents within our county and creating safer public spaces so people do not feel fearful when out and about in Wiltshire.

‘Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to Martin’s family who have had their world turned upside down by Warren’s actions. Despite this, they have acted with dignity throughout this ordeal.

‘Martin was a father and had grandchildren who he had not yet met but had plans in place to do so. Sadly, these young children will never meet their grandfather as a result of Warren’s abhorrent actions. My thoughts are with Martin’s family at what continues to be an incredibly difficult time.’

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