Shop worker guilty of murdering boss

Shop worker Thilak Mohan-Raj has been found guilty of murdering his boss after he was caught stealing the takings from a convenience store in Bedford.

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Bedford shop-worker handed life sentence

Thilak Mohan-Raj has been given a life sentence. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

A Bedford shop-worker who murdered his boss after he was challenged over the theft of the day's takings of £2,500 has been sentenced to life in prison.

Thilak Mohan-Raj, who had worked at the MK Food and Wine shop in Elstow Road for only a few days, killed the shop’s owner Vairamuthu Thiyagarajah in April 2013.

Today, the Judge at Luton Crown Court sentenced Mohan-Raj to a minimum of 25 years behind bars.

25-year-old Mohan-Raj was also handed a two-year sentence for burglary.

CCTV captured moments before murder of shop keeper

Police have released CCTV which was taken shortly before a shop worker killed his boss.

The footage shows an innocent shop-worker going to investigate after hearing a noise from upstairs.

The CCTV then shows the defendant running out of the shop after him.

Thilak Mohan-Raj was found guilty of murdering Vairamuthu Thiyagarajah after he was caught stealing the takings from a convenience store in Bedford.

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Shop worker guilty of murdering boss

Vairamuthu Thiyagarajah Credit: Bedfordshire Police
Thilak Mohan-Raj Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Shop worker Thilak Mohan-Raj has been found guilty of murdering his boss after he was caught stealing the takings from a convenience store in Bedford.

A jury decided Mohan-Raj, 25, who had worked at the MK Food and Wine shop in Elstow Road for only a few days, had murdered the shop’s owner Vairamuthu Thiyagarajah in April 2013.

Mr Thiyagarajah, 56, lived in the flat above the shop with three other men who worked at the shop, including the offender.

The shop’s takings had been stolen by Mohan-Raj and as his deceit was uncovered by his employer, he then caused massive head injuries to Mr Thiyagarajah by repeatedly hitting him over the head with a heavy object.

Mr Thiyagarajah was taken to hospital on Sunday 7 April but died four days later.

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