Parking row killer jailed for life

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Mohammed Ayub Khan convicted of double murder

A MAN who gunned down a businessman and his nephew in a row over parking eight years ago has been jailed for life.

Mohammed Ayub Khan, 28, shot and killed Amarjit Singh, 52, and his nephew Rajinder Singh, 35, moments after arguing with the pair over parking in Atherton Mews, East London in August 2003.

He fled to Pakistan as police launched a murder investigation and was finally extradited from Bangladesh in October last year.

At Woolwich Crown Court Khan was found guilty of double murder and was told he would serve a minimum of 26 years in prison.

The court heard how Amarjit Singh and Rajinder Singh jointly owned and ran the Forest View Hotel in East London.

On Friday 29 August 2003 Khan had been involved in a dispute with the victims over parking at the rear of their hotel. Khan had blocked Atherton Mews with his vehicle whilst attending a nearby Mosque. Having been unable to drive their van down to the back of the hotel the victims parked across the Mews blocking Khan’s vehicle in.

The men became engaged in a heated argument before Khan left in his vehicle. He returned with two other men and began to damage the hotel van.

As the victims ran out into Atherton Mews to confront the suspects, Khan was then seen to take a Mach 10 machine pistol out of a bag and fired 10 rounds killing Amarjit and Rajinder.

Amarjit’s 26-year-old daughter was also present but escaped unharmed.

Post mortem examinations gave cause of death for both men as gunshot wounds.

Khan was quickly identified as a suspect but he had already fled the UK to Pakistan. He was later traced to Bangladesh and with the assistance of the Bangladeshi authorities Khan was arrested in Dhaka on 5 August 2010.

Detectives launched formal extradition proceedings and Khan was returned to the UK and charged with the incident 24 October 2010.

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