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Man due to be sentenced over West Bromwich murder

Jagdev Singh Rai was yesterday found guilty of murdering his friend Credit: West Midlands Police

A man who murdered his friend and threw his body into a lake in West Bromwich is due to be sentenced today.

Jagdev Singh Rai lured his friend Jasbir Singh Bains to Dartmouth Park, slit his throat and flung his body into the water.

Rai stood to make hundreds of thousands of pounds from the death.

For full background on the case, click here.

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Murderer labelled 'a cold-blooded killer' by police

West Midlands Police have called Jagdev Singh Rai, who murdered his friend for an insurance pay-out, a 'cold-blooded killer'.

Detective Inspector Warren Hines said:

It was a difficult and complex investigation, taking us many months to build up the evidence to identify Rai as a suspect, but as a result of old-fashioned detective work, we quickly built a strong case against him.

The evidence we uncovered, although circumstantial, presented a very compelling case, one that the jury agreed was right.

He denied the murder from day one but I’m glad the jury saw through his lies and that this cold-blooded killer is facing a lengthy period of imprisonment.

– Detective Inspector Warren Hines

Man tried to plot 'the perfect murder' of friend

After a man was found guilty today of murdering his friend as part of an insurance con, West Midlands Police have described how he was 'secretly plotting' the 'perfect murder'.

A jury at Wolverhampton Crown Court was told Jagdev Singh Rai stood to make hundreds of thousands of pounds from killing his friend, Jasbir Singh Bains, in November 2012.

Detective Inspector Warren Hines said:

In the last few months of his life, Jasbir had a difficult existence; he had no fixed home, was an alcoholic and had little direction in life.

Through it all, he thought he had a friend in Jamie Rai who, in the few weeks before his death, was very hospitable and let him sleep in a van parked at the back of his house.

But Rai was secretly plotting what he thought would be the perfect murder; he would become a rich man by killing his ‘friend’, out of sight of the public and away from any CCTV cameras.

– Detective Inspector Warren Hines

Murderer stood to make six-figure-sum from killing friend

Jasbir Singh Bains, was murdered by his friend for insurance money Credit: West Midlands Police

Jagdev Singh Rai, who murdered his friend Jasbir Singh Bains in November 2012, stood to make hundreds of thousands of pounds, a jury at Wolverhampton Crown Court was told.

Mr Rai, found guilty today, changed his name to Jasbir Bains, the same as the victim’s, eight years ago and took out a life assurance policy worth almost £319,000 two years later.

He then executed a trust deed which meant his own children would be the beneficiaries of the policy in the event of Jasbir’s death.

The prosecution claimed this was the reason for the murder.

Man guilty of murdering friend in West Bromwich

Jagdev Singh Rai found guilty of murdering his friend Credit: West Midlands Police

A man has been found guilty of murder at Wolverhampton Crown Court today.

The jury heard how Jagdev Singh Rai lured a friend to Dartmouth Park in West Bromwich, on the night of November 27th 2012, when he killed him.

Jasbir Singh Bains, from Sandwell, was murdered and thrown into a lake.

Mr Rai is yet to be sentenced.

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Two men guilty of Coventry murder

Two men have been guilty of murder after a man from Coventry died in a dispute over money.

Marc Nown, who once worked at Peugeot and Aston Martin car plants, died in February after sustaining a fractured skull and a bleed to the brain.

Mark Avery Credit: West Midlands Police

Mr Nown was unemployed at the time of his death and had become dependent on alcohol, which led to him becoming acquainted with a group of men in a similar position.

The 43-year-old father of one died on 11 February, after he had been found collapsed in the garden of a Jardine Crescent house two days earlier.

Christopher Wright Credit: West Midlands Police

The court heard how two of Mr Nown's drinking associates, Mark Avery and Christopher Wright, became upset that he had withdrawn £30 from Avery's bank account.

Wright told the court he had confronted Mr Nown about the alleged ‘theft’. Mr Nown was the victim of an assault by Wright later that day and returned to his family home by emergency services.

On February 9, a commotion was heard outside a Jardine Crescent address and Marc was found collapsed in the garden. A witness said they had seen Wright repeatedly kicking and stamping on Mr Nown.

Wright and Avery were jailed for 20 years and 16 years respectively.

Man jailed for role in 'honour' killing of young woman

A man involved in the 'honour' killing of a young Iraqi woman is the seventh person to receive a jail sentence in connection with her murder.

Banaz Mahmod, 20, was strangled in January 2006 and her body stored in a suitcase before being driven out of London towards Birmingham.

Dana Amin, 33, of Armfield Crescent, Mitcham, south London, was found guilty at Southwark Crown Court yesterday of perverting the course of justice and preventing the victim's lawful and decent burial, and was sentenced today to eight years in prison.

Her killers, Mahmod Babakir Mahmod, 58, and Ari Mahmod, 57, who were her father and uncle, were jailed for life in July 2007.

Police re-appeal for information after toddler murder

Police investigating the murder of a Coventry toddler are re-appealing for information five weeks after his death.

Two-year-old, Khaleel Hussain, died at Birmingham Children's Hospital on Tuesday 22 October after suffering a serious head injury.

He was transferred there after being admitted to the University Hospital Coventry the previous day when he fell ill at his home on Richmond Road.

His death is being treated as murder and a 21-year-old man and 25-year-old woman, who were arrested in connection with the investigation, currently remain on bail.

We are still trying to piece together exactly what happened before Khaleel suffered the injuries that ultimately led to his death.

As part of our ongoing inquiry I am keen to speak to anyone who had contact with him or his family during his very short life, particularly in the days and weeks before he died.

– Detective Chief Inspector Dean Young, from the Coventry Police Public Protection Unit,
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