Tomasz Waga Murder: Three Albanian Gangsters Jailed Over Beating Rival Drug Dealer To Death
Three Albanian gang members have been jailed over the murder of Tomasz Waga. The victim was violently beaten to death after attempting to steal cannabis from a grow house operated by the men.
23-year-old Tomasz Waga travelled from east London with another man, Carl Davies, to a cannabis factory in a property in Newport Road Cardiff, with the attention of stealing narcotics from the address.
The Albanian gang members soon got wind of the break-in and quickly arrived at the property.
Mr Waga and Mr Davies were attacked by the three men with baseball bats and bricks before Tomasz Waga was thrown into the back of a Mercedes car and driven away.
His battered and beaten body was later found dumped in the Penylan area of Cardiff.
The victim suffered 25 serious injuries to his mouth, head, bruising to his chest and damage to his ribs, arms, and swelling to his brain.
Following a post-mortem examination, Mr Waga's death was ruled as being caused by obstruction to the airways by blood.
Following the murder, all three men fled to Albania before being extradited back to the UK to stand trial.
Authorities described the investigation as one of the biggest and most complex ever undertaken by South Wales Police, with arrests being made in Germany, France, and Albania.
South Wales Police paid tribute to the work carried out by the Albanian police force and said the case involved organised crime groups from south-east England and Europe.
The three men convicted over the murder of Mr Waga were; 27-year-old Josif Nushi, 29-year-old Mihal Dhana, and 31-year-old Hysland Aliaj.
Sentences In Full:
Josif Nushi, 27, of Ninian Road, Roath:
Murder: Life in prison with a minimum term of 20 years, minus 590 days already served on remand.
Wounding with intent: Five years, to be served concurrently.
Conspiracy to produce a controlled drug: Three years, to be served concurrently
Mihal Dhana, 29, of Colum Road, Cathays:
Murder: Life in prison with a minimum term of 16 years, minus 590 days already served on remand.
Wounding with intent: Four years, to be served concurrently
Hysland Aliaj, 31, of no fixed abode:
Manslaughter: 10 years.
Unlawful wounding: 18 months, to be served concurrently.
Conspiracy to produce a controlled drug: 22 months, to be served concurrently.
Mr Waga's sister issued a statement to the court, she said: "I wouldn't wish this kind of trauma on anyone, no matter what.
"I have been living in survival mode since and the pain of not being there to comfort him in his last moments of life as his older sister has been unimaginable.
"The way in which he was dumped like a bag of rubbish will haunt me for the rest of my life, as will seeing his lifeless and battered face during formal identification."
She added: "He was robbed of witnessing his son's countless precious moments and milestones, including taking his first steps or saying dad.
"It truly breaks my heart seeing him growing up without my brother present. He was my only brother, and despite the bad choices that he made on the night, he had a good heart and meant well. He loved football - and living life to the fullest."
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