Two men have been sentenced to life behind bars for kidnapping and killing an elderly jeweller from Leicester.
As part of a brutal robbery, Ramniklal Jogiya, 74, was bundled into a van and tortured in a plot to steal almost £200,000 of gold jewellery from the victim’s store on Belgrave Road.
Thomas Jervis, 24, and Charles Mcauley, 20, were convicted of murder and given life sentences with minimum terms of 33 and 30 years respectively after being found guilty of his murder.
Callan Reeve, 20, was convicted of manslaughter and jailed for 16 years.
Jogiya was bundled into a van on the evening of January 24 whilst walking home after locking up his store ‘Vama Collections’.
The jewellery store owner was beaten to the head, causing a bleed on the brain and traumatic brain injury during the kidnapping.
He was handled with such force that one of his biceps was ripped away from the bone, six of his ribs on the left side were broken and he had multiple injuries to his hands and fingers.
The judge told the jury at Birmingham Crown Court that Jogiya had been severely beaten, with evidence of being shot with a BB gun, shackled with cable ties and cut with a knife, before being dumped.
It is suspected that the jewellery store owner was probably still alive when the men dumped him from the van on Gaulby Lane, an isolated location near Leicester Airport.
Jailing the men, the BBC reports Mr Justice Martin Spencer saying: “One can only imagine the terror that poor man went through in the back of the van as the information required was tortured out of him.
“He was then dumped by the side of the road in the Leicestershire countryside and left to die. This was a cowardly, cruel and callous crime committed by men motivated by greed and self-interest with no respect for human life.”
Nearly an hour after Mr Jogiya was kidnapped, Jervis – who is from Whetsone in Leicestershire – went back to the shop dressed in a burkha and pulling a shopping trolley.
He deactivated the alarm but left empty-handed after being defeated by a 12 hour time lock.