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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.

Markus Rosenberg: Former West Brom player leaves entire contents of Midlands home to charity

Markus Rosenberg failed to score during his time at West Brom
Markus Rosenberg failed to score during his time at West Brom Credit: PA

Former West Brom striker Markus Rosenberg has left the entire contents of his Solihull home to charity.

The Swedish player had his contract cancelled by mutual consent at the start of February.

Before leaving, he donated everything inside his house to the Sue Ryder care centre.

It took six hours for the charity to clear his furniture, kitchen plates, cutlery and utensils.

The organisation is expected to raise several thousand pounds from the items.

Karen Rogers, Sue Ryder's regional retail manager said:

"Support like this is amazing, and helps Sue Ryder provide incredible care to over 16,000 people living with life-changing illness across the UK.

"Just one bag of unwanted clothes could help us provide four hours of incredible hospice and neurological care to people with life-changing illness across the UK.

"With help like this we can continue to support people with the care they need and deserve, so thank you to Markus for supporting us."

Rosenberg was less generous with his goals for the Baggies, failing to score in his 33 appearances.


French Minister for Sport condemns Anelka gesture

France's Minister for Sport Valerie Fourneyron hit out at West Bromwich player Nicolas Anelka for making a gesture that has associations with anti-semitism in France. Writing on Twitter, she said:

"Anelka's gesture is a shocking and disgusting provocation. Anti-semitism or incitement to hatred has no place on the football field."


Le geste d'Anelka est une provocation choquante, écoeurante. Pas de place pour antisémitisme et incitation à la haine sur terrain de foot


West Brom player 'surprised' at anti-semitic claims

West Bromwich Albion's Nicolas Anelka Credit: Stephen Pond/PA Wir

West Brom head coach Keith Downing has said forward Nicolas Anelka is surprised by claims his goal celebration during the Baggies' 3-3 draw at West Ham was an anti-Semitic gesture.

The 34-year-old returned to the West Brom side for the first time in over two months and scored a brace in an entertaining Barclays Premier League game in which both sides came from behind.

Anelka seemingly performed the 'quenelle' salute, made famous by French comedian Dieudonne and linked to anti-Semitism in his homeland, but Downing said the striker was merely paying homage to his friend.


Masked robbers steal cash and cigarettes in Tesco raid

Masked raiders armed with crowbars and a sledgehammer threatened a petrol station worker before emptying the tills.

Three men stormed the Tesco filling station in Congregation Way, West Bromwich, and smashed shelves and displays before escaping with cash as well as hundreds of pounds worth of cigarettes.

Det Sgt Toby Davis said the female sales worker was on the late shift at around 11pm on Saturday when the robbery happened, and was threatened as the robbers got behind the till.

They were in and out in just a few minutes, stealing as many cigarettes as they could carry.

We know they left the scene in an Audi A1 which was white with a black roof.

It is fairly distinctive and we urge people who saw it in the area of West Bromwich on Saturday night to call us as their information could prove vital in piecing together events and who is responsible for the crime.

– DS Toby Davis, West Midlands Police

West Brom to hold talks with Steve Clarke over new deal

Steve Clarke's contract with West Brom runs out at the end of the season
Steve Clarke's contract with West Brom runs out at the end of the season Credit: David Davies/PA Wire/Press Association Images

West Brom say they will hold contract talks with head coach Steve Clarke in the new year.

Clarke, who took over from England manager Roy Hodgson at The Hawthorns in June 2012, is out of contract at the end of the season.

Under Clarke, the Baggies are currently in tenth place having finished eighth last season.

New sign based on Albion legends unveiled today

A new sign welcoming people to West Bromwich is being unveiled today.

The sign is based on a statue of Albion legends Brendon Batson, Laurie Cunningham and Cyrille Regis.

Statue of West Bromwich Albion legends Brendon Batson, Laurie Cunningham and Cyrille Regis Credit: ITV News Central

The statue will be unveiled in West Bromwich town centre next summer.

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