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Life plus minimum of 26 years for Southall stabbing murderer

Central Criminal Court. Image: Google Street View.

Central Criminal Court. Image: Google Street View.

34 year old Gurav Sharma has been jailed for life after fatally stabbing a man in Southall he’d been in a dispute with over a relationship.

Sharma, who had no permanent address, was found guilty of murdering 38 year old Mohammad Afzal on 20th August last year.

Gurav Sharma, 34, guilty of murder, jailed for life to serve minimum of 26 years. Image: Met Police

Gurav Sharma, 34, guilty of murder, jailed for life to serve minimum of 26 years. Image: Met Police

Mr Afzal from Delamere Road, Hayes, was attacked just before 8 pm in The Broadway with the junction of Trinity Road, Southall.

Sharma and 30 year old Jaswinder Singh were arrested on suspicion of murder and taken into custody at a west London police station.

The victim had died from stab wounds to the chest.

CCTV from the murder scene showed the pair approaching Mr Afzal.

In the footage, Sharma was seen to have a knife in his right hand and Singh is captured walking into a nearby shop as a row ensued.

Witnesses then saw Sharma arguing with Mr Afzal before stabbing him.

The court heard Mr Afzal disapproved of a relationship Sharma had had with a woman who they both knew.

Sharma also confessed to the woman in the hours after the murder to stabbing Mr Afzal.

Singh also admitted to the same woman that he was at the scene.

Both men were arrested together in a property in Saxon Road, Southall.

Sharma tried to hide underneath Singh’s bed.

Singh made no attempt to alert police to where Sharma was before being discovered by officers.

Singh pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice at the Old Bailey at an earlier hearing and was remanded to be sentenced after Sharma’s trial.

Jaswinder Singh convicted of perverting the course of justice and jailed for 3 and a half years. Image: Met Police

Jaswinder Singh convicted of perverting the course of justice and jailed for 3 and a half years. Image: Met Police

Sharma was given a life sentence and with a recommendation he serves at least 26 years before being considered for parole.

Singh was jailed for three and half years.

The sentencing took place Friday 22nd May.

Detective Inspector Luke Marks of the Homicide and Major Crime Command said:

Mohamed Afzal was a hard working man who also had caring responsibility for his elderly father.

His murder is an absolute tragedy and has brought untold grief to his family and friends. I hope this sentence brings Mr Afzal’s family justice for his senseless killing. I am pleased the jury were able to see the compelling evidence gathered to prove Gurav Sharma was guilty of the murder.

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