Man guilty of taxi driver murder

Rogers: Guilty of murder Credit: Bedfordshire Police

A Bedford man has been jailed for life for murdering a taxi driver in a savage attack after he refused to pay a fare.

Daniel Rogers, 26, of the Cloisters, Bedford was found guilty of murdering Mehar Dhariwal at Luton Crown Court today.

He will serve a minimum of 25 years in prison.

The 61-year-old died in January this year, one week after being attacked by Rogers who had refused to pay his fare.

During the trial Rogers had been described by a witness as "a wild animal" who had kicked Mr Dharliwal repeatedly before eventually smashing him in the face with a chair.

Rogers had admitted manslaughter but denied murder.

The attack happened on January 22 in the control room of AGS Cars in Bedford town centre. At Mr Dharliwal's funeral hundreds of his colleagues formed a procession in his honour.