A man has been found guilty of the murder of Fabian Kacica in Southend.
Joe Paffey, 20, of Old Southend Road, Southend, was convicted of murder and attempted robbery following a trial at Basildon Crown Court on Monday, December 10.
Aidon Pearce, 20, unemployed, of Treecot Drive, Leigh-on-Sea was found not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter and attempted robbery, which related to the same incident.
They are due be sentenced at the same court on Friday, January 18.
At around 9pm on Monday, May 14, Fabian Kacica parked his car in Farringdon Service Road to allow two female passengers to use the facilities at The Forum.
As the girls walked towards The Forum a group of people shouted at them and made references to their appearance.
When returning to Fabian’s car they were approached by Peace and Paffey. They heard them say that they were going to take the vehicle and that they had a knife.
Fabian’s car was then surrounded by a group of men. Pearce pulled the car keys from the ignition which led to Fabian striking him.
Paffey then lunged forward and forcefully stabbed Fabian in the chest. Fabian fell to the ground and died a short time later.
Both offenders fled from the scene and went to a friend’s house where Paffey bragged about the stabbing.
Paffey has previous convictions for theft offences, drug possession and two offences relating to the possession of a knife.
Senior Investigating Officer DCI Daniel Stoten, of Kent and Essex’s Serious Crime Directorate, said: “Fabian Kacica was a 19-year-old man from a loving family.
“On May 14, he was quietly going about his business with friends, when he crossed paths with the cowards Paffey and Pearce, two vile individuals who then set upon him.
“When Pearce tried to steal his property Fabian offered resistance. Paffey stepped forward and mercilessly stabbed Fabian, striking him with such force that the knife entered his heart causing unsurvivable injuries. During the trial Paffey blamed PTSD for his crime but this lie was totally exposed during cross examination. Paffey is a man with a long history of violence and the use of weapons.
“Fabian’s family have attended court every day and displayed a huge amount of dignity and composure.”
A family statement on behalf of Fabian’s sister read: “Fabian was a kind hearted, positive man who was not only a brother to me, but who was also my best friend. Fabian’s life revolved around his family. The moment Fabian died, it was not only the death of him, but the death of our whole family. My mother and father have lost
their only son and I have lost my best friend.”