A murderer serving a life sentence for killing a pensioner found dead in Shropshire in 1994 also committed another killing in the same year, a jury has ruled.
Robin Stanislaw Ligus watched via video-link as a jury at Birmingham Crown Court found him responsible for the murder of Trevor Bradley, who was found dead in a burnt-out car near Melverley.
The jurors, who returned their unanimous verdict after deliberating for more than 14 hours, are still considering two other counts of murder against Ligus, who was judged mentally unfit to take part in his trial.
Because of the 59-year-old's mental state, jurors have been instructed to rule on whether the father-of-three did the acts alleged against him, rather than being required to return verdicts of guilty or not guilty.
Before the jurors retired to consider the remaining counts, which relate to the deaths of Brian Coles and Bernard Czyzewska in Shropshire in October and November 1994, they were told that majority verdicts would now be acceptable to the court.
Mr Bradley, a 53-year-old antiques dealer, was found dead in a field on April 26, 1994.
At the opening of the month-long trial, it was alleged that Ligus, then living in Middletown Square, Shrewsbury, was using heroin and cocaine when he killed Mr Bradley by knocking him out with a blow to the skull and setting his car on fire.
Mr Coles is alleged to have been killed during the course of a burglary at his home, while the Crown claims Mr Czyzewska drowned after being thrown into the Severn from a bridge in Shrewsbury.