Men sentenced for Leicester jeweller's torture murder


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Ramniklal Jogiya suffered a series of injuries to his head, shoulder, torso and hands

Two men have been sentenced for murdering a jeweller who was kidnapped and killed in a botched robbery.

Ramniklal Jogiya, 74, was bundled into a van and tortured in a plot to steal almost £200,000 of gold jewellery.

Thomas Jervis, 24, and Charles Mcauley, 20, were convicted of murder and given life sentences with minimum terms of 33 and 30 years respectively after being found guilty of his murder.

Callan Reeve, 20, was convicted of manslaughter and jailed for 16 years.

The men’s trial at Birmingham Crown Court heard Mr Jogiya was bundled into a van while walking home in January after locking up his shop.

The gang had hoped to access the safe but were left empty-handed because of a time delay feature which meant it could not be opened for 12 hours.

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(L-R) Callan Reeve, Charles Mcauley and Thomas Jervis were sentenced in Birmingham

The trial heard Mr Jogiya was probably still alive when the men dumped him from the van on Gaulby Lane, an isolated location near Leicester Airport.

He could not call anyone for help as the gang had thrown away his phone.

The trio all admitted kidnapping and robbery and were sentenced to 12 years, to be served concurrently.

Reeve was found not guilty of murder but convicted of manslaughter after the five-week trial.

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