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Trio who kidnapped and murdered jeweller in botched robbery jailed

Ramniklal Jogiya was killed in a botched robbery in Leicestershire. Credit: Leicestershire Police

Two men have been jailed for life for the 'callous' murder of a Leicester jeweller.

Ramniklal Jogiya was kidnapped and killed during a botched burglary in January this year.

Thomas Jervis, 24, and Charles Mcauley, 20, were convicted of murdering Mr Jogiya after he was bundled into a van and beaten for information.

Today, Jervis has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 33 years. Mcauley will serve life with a minimum of 30 years.

Callan Reeve, 20, who was cleared of murder but convicted of manslaughter after a five-week trial, was jailed for 16 years.

Three men have been jailed for killing Mr Jogiya in the botched robbery. Credit: Leicestershire Police
Jervis was sent back to the shop to open the safe while wearing a burkha disguise. Credit: Leicestershire Police

Mr Jogiya, who was 74 years old, was bundled into a van while walking home on a cold night in January.

He was then beaten for information and dumped in a country lane near Stoughton, Leicestershire.

His injuries were so bad that one of his biceps was ripped away from the bone, six of his ribs were broken and he had multiple injuries to his hands and fingers.

Nearly an hour after Mr Jogiya was kidnapped, Jervis - who is from Whetsone in Leicestershire - went back to the shop dressed in a burkha and pulling a shopping trolley.

He deactivated the alarm but left empty-handed after being stumped by a 12 hour time lock.

This was a cowardly, cruel and callous crime committed by men motivated by greed and self-interest with no respect for human life.

– Mr Justice Martin Spencer
Mr Jogiya ran the Vama jewellers in Leicester. Credit: ITV News Central

Jailing the men, Mr Justice Martin Spencer said: "One can only imagine the terror that poor man went through in the back of the van as the information required was tortured out of him.

"He was then dumped by the side of the road in the Leicestershire countryside and left to die. This was a cowardly, cruel and callous crime committed by men motivated by greed and self-interest with no respect for human life."

Leicestershire Police added that their thoughts are with Mr Jogiya's family.

DCI David Swift-Rollinson said: "Today is the result of what has been an extremely intense six-month investigation with two men jailed for the murder of Mr Jogiya and one man for his manslaughter.

"My thoughts remain with the family of Mr Jogiya and I hope today helps them to feel that some justice has been served. I again thank them for the dignity, patience and co-operation they have shown throughout this nightmare."