Romanian murder victims family return home because London is too dangerous

Mr Pieknyi who worked in a takeaway and travelled to London from Milton Keynes to meet up with his friend Alexander Suciu.The pair were approached by a group of five men who had been spotted “harassing” other members of the public. Valdyslav Yakymchuk has been jailed for murder The family of a Romanian man who was stabbed to death weeks after moving to London have said they are returning home because England is too dangerous.Beniamin Pieknyi, was murdered in March after being attacked at a shopping centre in Stratford, east London.The 21-year-old had only been in the UK since the beginning of the year, having moved to Milton Keynes to be with his brother Mihael and sister Iulia.But they have now returned to Romania saying they believe London is too violent.Miss Pieknyi said: “I’ve come to realise that terrible things can happen in the blink of an eye, and if you say the wrong thing to the wrong person you could end up dead.”Mr Pieknyi’s brother said: “We are in shock. My mother doesn’t sleep and my sister, Iulia, does not want to come back and live in this country. To us as a family, London is seen as a dangerous place because of what happened to my brother.” Beniamin Pieknyi's family have returned home to Romania believing the UK is too violent  An argument ensued after one of the gang members hit Mr Suciu on the head and another kicked Mr Pieknyi to the ground. Valdyslav Yakymchuk has been jailed for murder The brawl was broken up by a security guard who attempted to escort the pair away, but just yards away from the shopping centre’s exit Mr Pieknyi was cornered and stabbed by in the chest.Vladyslav Yakymchuk, 23, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to murder, violent disorder and possession of a bladed article.Four other men were convicted of a range of offences including manslaughter and violent disorder.Mr Pieknyl’s body was flown back to Romania, where his funeral was held on 27 May.His sister said: “It took a while to accept the truth and when I did, my entire life crumbled around me. I had no drive anymore – my work, my house were not important anymore.In a victim impact statement, Mr Pieknyi’s aunt Cristina Pieknyi described her nephew as a “very quiet boy, hard working and someone who liked to help people”.She has been representing the family at the Old Bailey because the rest of the family could not afford to attend.”They have spent all of their savings on the repatriation and funeral costs,” she said. Beniamin Pieknyi’s family have returned home to Romania believing the UK is too violent  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.