Teen tearaway Gavin Mills jailed for life after murdering Polish baker Jerzy Dubiniec in Newport

Face of a killer: Gavin Mills is serving life for murder

Jerzy Dubiniec came to Newport to work at a bakers

First published in News South Wales Argus: Photograph of the Author Exclusive by , Reporter

A NEWPORT man is starting a life sentence today after a "sustained and brutal" attack on a Polish baker, who suffered injuries that were among the worst a judge has seen.

In handing 26-year-old Gavin Mills a minimum prison term of 12 and a half years, Judge Mr Justice Griffith Williams described the "ferocious" kicks and stamps, that left shoe marks on 60-year-old Jerzy Dubiniec's clothing and chest.

Mills, of Glebe Street, Newport, yesterday (Tuesday) pleaded guilty to the murder of Mr Dubiniec on the second day of his trial at the city's Crown Court.

The court had heard on Monday how Mills repeatedly kicked, butted, punched and jumped on the body of Mr Dubiniec as he lay on the road, before stopping to take his pulse and then continuing the assault The judge said the reasons will probably never be known why Mills attacked Mr Dubiniec after he bumped into him on Broad Street, Newport, at 3.30am on August 20 2011.

Mr Dubiniec was heading home to St Michael's Street after a shift in a local bakery, while Mills had left a party at Blacks Pool Hall.

The judge concluded something happened to upset Mills, causing him to leave the party and under the influence of drink and cocaine, he attacked Mr Dubiniec, whom he chanced upon in the street.

He said: "What followed was a sustained and brutal attack lasting many minutes with fist and boot on an elderly man who was quickly overpowered and defenceless."

He added: "You beat him so he fell to the ground and then kicked and stamped him so ferociously that there were shoe marks on his clothing as well as his chest."

While a passing car ran over Mr Dubiniec's legs, this was found to have not contributed to his death.

A post mortem examination found he died from blunt injury to face, jaw and chest, with Judge Williams saying "you clearly intended to kill him" and described the list of fractures to the victimÕs skull, face, ribs and sternum as some of the worst he's seen.

He said Mills' claims he remembered nothing of the attack were contradicted by the fact he disposed of his shoes and tried to avoid arrest.

Mills must serve a minimum 12 and a half years before being considered for parole as part of a life sentence. He was also on trial after denying causing grievous bodily harm with intent to Benjamin Davies on the same day as the murder of Mr Dubiniec.

But, after his guilty plea to murder, prosecutor Gregg Taylor QC asked that charge lie on the file.



BEFORE Mills was sentenced, prosecutor Mr Taylor finished the opening of the case, outlining some of the horrific details.

He said when paramedic Lindsay Brown arrived, she was unable to grip Mr Dubiniec's jaw to check his airwaves because of his injuries.

Mr Taylor said that following the attack, Mills ran to the house of Stephen Davies on St Michael's Street.

He said: "Mr Davies opened the door to see Mills lying on the floor, with his head in his hands. He looked drunk and was saying "I've killed him, I've squashed his head and his skin's gone soft. My girlfriend Christine is around the corner crying her eyes out."

Later that morning, Mills got in a taxi to his mother's house and said "don't ask" when driver Terence Birt asked why he had no trainers.

He was arrested later that day after initially running from police and found to have cocaine in his system.



Mr Dubiniec had never left Poland before travelling to Newport last year to help out in a bakery belonging to a family friend, Mr Taylor told the court.

He left school at 16 to study bakery and confectionery and apart from a brief spell in national service, had worked in the trade all his life. Considered a master of his trade, he was much sought after in his homeland.

The married father-of-three retired in 2000 after suffering a mild heart attack, but found he missed his work.

In July 2011, he left Poland for the first time, and was described as "quite looking forward to" helping family friend Daniel Binek who had taken on Stanley Bakery, Enterprise Way, Pill.

While he spoke no English, he travelled to Gwent on a lorry carrying Polish baking goods and planned to stay for around three months overseeing the baking process, while living at Mr Binek's house.

His family were not in Newport for the case, but Judge Williams said Mr Dubiniec had been the victim of "gratuitous violence" after coming here to apply his considerable skills for the benefit of the Polish community in Gwent.

He said: "There must be considerable and continuing sympathy for those who mourn him in the Polish community here and in Poland."



THE ARGUS can reveal that killer Gavin Mills was part of a gang banned from a Newport estate in 2004 by an anti social behaviour order after terrorising his neighbours.

In January 2004, Mills and two other youths were banned from the Broadmead and Moorland Park estates in Newport, after terrorising the areas.

Then 17, Mills was handed the anti-social behaviour order after Cwmbran MagistratesÕ Court heard the three caused months of misery for people living there.

Police revealed the youths behaviour included persistently abusing residents, throwing stones, setting fires, threatening and intimidating neighbours.

Following the imposition of the two-year ASBO, PC Sally Jackson said: "We were getting three or four reports a night about their behaviour. People were genuinely scared to go out of their houses."

At Newport Crown Court yesterday (Tuesday) defence barrister Douglas Day QC said Mills also served 15 months for burglary and theft in 2009 and has in the past been cautioned for common assault and given a community order for dishonesty.



FOLLOWING the verdict, senior Crown Prosecutor David Watts said Mills was responsible for a "brutally violent attack" on a much-loved father and grandfather, who was simply going about his daily business when he was "senselessly attacked".

He added: "We cannot know for certain what motivated Mills to commit such an act - only Mills himself truly knows that. What is beyond doubt is that Mills' actions continue to have a lasting effect on Jerzy Dubiniec's family and friends. Our thoughts are with them."

Gwent Police detective superintendent Rhiannon Kirk called it a complex investigation and said hundreds of lines of enquiry were investigated to find out what happened on the night of Mr Dubiniec's death.

She said: "It was a dreadful incident that resulted in Jerzy Dubiniec losing his life in such a senseless and tragic way. It is still not clear what the motive was but what is clear is that Jerzy- an innocent, decent and hard working man - didn't deserve to die the way he did"

DS Kirk said she hopes the sentencing will bring some closure for Mr Dubiniec's family and that the forceÕs sympathies remain with them as they try to rebuild their lives.

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12:27pm Wed 31 Oct 12

Ricci says...

Life should mean life. Personally id hang the little **** in john frost square.
Life should mean life. Personally id hang the little **** in john frost square. Ricci
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12:59pm Wed 31 Oct 12

Llanmartinangel says...

This just goes to show what a joke the ASBO system is. This scumbag was always going to do serious damage. Terrorising people on an estate for three months and the best the authorities could come up with was slapping a piece of paper on him. Well that was a cracking success wasn't it.
This just goes to show what a joke the ASBO system is. This scumbag was always going to do serious damage. Terrorising people on an estate for three months and the best the authorities could come up with was slapping a piece of paper on him. Well that was a cracking success wasn't it. Llanmartinangel
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1:12pm Wed 31 Oct 12

rightsideup says...

Yet more leniency shown by Britain's judiciary.This maggot should never see the light of day again.
Yet more leniency shown by Britain's judiciary.This maggot should never see the light of day again. rightsideup
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1:43pm Wed 31 Oct 12

beetee says...

First , Jerzy Dubiniec , may he rest in peace. Secondly , i would like to send all my prayers to his family at this awful time , God knows what they are thinking about us all in Wales , and finally how can we do something ( not just ASBO`s ) to rescue these young men from the mire they seem to have got into ?
First , Jerzy Dubiniec , may he rest in peace. Secondly , i would like to send all my prayers to his family at this awful time , God knows what they are thinking about us all in Wales , and finally how can we do something ( not just ASBO`s ) to rescue these young men from the mire they seem to have got into ? beetee
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2:36pm Wed 31 Oct 12

Llanmartinangel says...

beetee wrote:
First , Jerzy Dubiniec , may he rest in peace. Secondly , i would like to send all my prayers to his family at this awful time , God knows what they are thinking about us all in Wales , and finally how can we do something ( not just ASBO`s ) to rescue these young men from the mire they seem to have got into ?
Your thoughts for the deceased do you credit. Sadly, for the perpetrator, it's thoughts like that which got us to this awful state in the first place. About the best that can be said for fluffy liberal attitudes is that they clearly have never been exposed to the hideous people that society is allowing to proliferate. And that includes the Judge who thought 12.5 years long enough for such a hideous crime.
[quote][p][bold]beetee[/bold] wrote: First , Jerzy Dubiniec , may he rest in peace. Secondly , i would like to send all my prayers to his family at this awful time , God knows what they are thinking about us all in Wales , and finally how can we do something ( not just ASBO`s ) to rescue these young men from the mire they seem to have got into ?[/p][/quote]Your thoughts for the deceased do you credit. Sadly, for the perpetrator, it's thoughts like that which got us to this awful state in the first place. About the best that can be said for fluffy liberal attitudes is that they clearly have never been exposed to the hideous people that society is allowing to proliferate. And that includes the Judge who thought 12.5 years long enough for such a hideous crime. Llanmartinangel
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3:23pm Wed 31 Oct 12

beetee says...

i know from experience that continuing these discussions often only seems to generate more heat than light but perhaps my point is that hanging and " euthanising.” are not on the cards at the present time , so what i am asking is can we find a better way ?
i know from experience that continuing these discussions often only seems to generate more heat than light but perhaps my point is that hanging and " euthanising.” are not on the cards at the present time , so what i am asking is can we find a better way ? beetee
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4:03pm Wed 31 Oct 12

Llanmartinangel says...

beetee wrote:
i know from experience that continuing these discussions often only seems to generate more heat than light but perhaps my point is that hanging and " euthanising.” are not on the cards at the present time , so what i am asking is can we find a better way ?
Well god forbid that 'rescuing' is the only alternative. It's those that have to live with these people's crimes that need rescuing. We could start with identifying dangerous people and banging them up until they prove they are safe to roam the streets. There was ample evidence that this maggot was dangerous and no-one did anything.
[quote][p][bold]beetee[/bold] wrote: i know from experience that continuing these discussions often only seems to generate more heat than light but perhaps my point is that hanging and " euthanising.” are not on the cards at the present time , so what i am asking is can we find a better way ?[/p][/quote]Well god forbid that 'rescuing' is the only alternative. It's those that have to live with these people's crimes that need rescuing. We could start with identifying dangerous people and banging them up until they prove they are safe to roam the streets. There was ample evidence that this maggot was dangerous and no-one did anything. Llanmartinangel
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8:01pm Wed 31 Oct 12

Limestonecowboy says...

It appears being under the influence of drink or drugs namely cocaine being a factor in crimes of this nature.

Until we see a tougher approach to hard drug supply then we are likely to see more crimes like this & subsequent calls for the death sentence.
It appears being under the influence of drink or drugs namely cocaine being a factor in crimes of this nature. Until we see a tougher approach to hard drug supply then we are likely to see more crimes like this & subsequent calls for the death sentence. Limestonecowboy
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9:26pm Wed 31 Oct 12

h0n3sty says...

What does it mean for the other innocent Victim Benji Davies, who the Judge states that the charge lies on file because the Murderer pleaded guilty to murder the other innocent victim he also attacked in the same way that same night has no justice the charge lies on file. How can this be justice for him and his family for suffering the same assault. Justice has been done only for the family of Mr Dubiniec. Half justice because it suits the judge and prosecution not to continue the other half justice is still not done for the other victim in the case.
What does it mean for the other innocent Victim Benji Davies, who the Judge states that the charge lies on file because the Murderer pleaded guilty to murder the other innocent victim he also attacked in the same way that same night has no justice the charge lies on file. How can this be justice for him and his family for suffering the same assault. Justice has been done only for the family of Mr Dubiniec. Half justice because it suits the judge and prosecution not to continue the other half justice is still not done for the other victim in the case. h0n3sty
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9:36pm Wed 31 Oct 12

h0n3sty says...

What does it mean for the other innocent Victim Benji Davies, who the Judge states that the charge lies on file because the Murderer pleaded guilty to murder the other innocent victim he also attacked in the same way that same night has no justice the charge lies on file. How can this be justice for him and his family for suffering the same assault. Justice has been done only for the family of Mr Dubiniec. Half justice because it suits the judge and prosecution not to continue the other half justice is still not done for the other victim in the case.
What does it mean for the other innocent Victim Benji Davies, who the Judge states that the charge lies on file because the Murderer pleaded guilty to murder the other innocent victim he also attacked in the same way that same night has no justice the charge lies on file. How can this be justice for him and his family for suffering the same assault. Justice has been done only for the family of Mr Dubiniec. Half justice because it suits the judge and prosecution not to continue the other half justice is still not done for the other victim in the case. h0n3sty
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10:18pm Wed 31 Oct 12

jimmysmith says...

i hope this piece of scum spends the rest of his life behind bars
i hope this piece of scum spends the rest of his life behind bars jimmysmith
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9:17am Thu 1 Nov 12

Cymru Am Beth says...

Wouldn't like to meet this pond-life if he comes out in 12 and a half years.
Will probably do the same thing again.
If this were America he would have probably got 75 years or even the death penalty.
British justice sucks.
Wouldn't like to meet this pond-life if he comes out in 12 and a half years. Will probably do the same thing again. If this were America he would have probably got 75 years or even the death penalty. British justice sucks. Cymru Am Beth
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10:25am Fri 2 Nov 12

Howie' says...

Cymru Am Beth wrote:
Wouldn't like to meet this pond-life if he comes out in 12 and a half years.
Will probably do the same thing again.
If this were America he would have probably got 75 years or even the death penalty.
British justice sucks.
I don't agree with the death sentence but this piece of dirt should never be allowed out of prison for the rest of his life.
[quote][p][bold]Cymru Am Beth[/bold] wrote: Wouldn't like to meet this pond-life if he comes out in 12 and a half years. Will probably do the same thing again. If this were America he would have probably got 75 years or even the death penalty. British justice sucks.[/p][/quote]I don't agree with the death sentence but this piece of dirt should never be allowed out of prison for the rest of his life. Howie'
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