The family of a man from Luton, who was killed 18 years ago, have spoken of their continued grief as his killer is finally jailed.
Soheil Mimtaz, 24, was attacked by Mohammed Tabraz on 4 April 2001.
Police say Tabraz lured the father-of-one to a meeting in Kenliworth road in Luton where he brutally attacked his victim with a hammer.
Mimtaz was taken to hospital but died five days later on 9 April due to the injuries to his head, leaving behind his pregnant wife and a 14-month-old child.
Tabraz, now 39, claimed he carried out the attack in retribution for remarks made to a member of his family.
In order to evade arrest, Tabraz flew to Pakistan the day after the attack and set up a new life in the United States. He was later jailed in the US for drug offenses and the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crimes unit were alerted.
In August this year, detectives travelled to the US to complete Tabraz’s extradition back to the UK.
On 25 October, at the Central Criminal Court, Tabraz pleaded guilty to murder claiming his actions had been a so-called “honour” killing.
Tabraz was given a life sentence today, 11 December, at St Albans Crown Court.
Mr Mumtaz’s family paid tribute to him in a statement: