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Briton jailed for Indian's murder

The Birmingham Crown Court convicted Luke Mozid for killing Rushi Kamdar from Rajkot in Gujarat.

india Updated: Apr 11, 2006 10:23 IST

A British teenager who stamped an Indian to death in a drunken state last September has been convicted for murder and faces a life sentence.

The Birmingham Crown Court convicted Luke Mozid, 18, for killing Rushi Kamdar, who had arrived in Britain from Rajkot in Gujarat on a work visa, in September last year. Mozid was also convicted for robbery.

Judge John Saunders, the Recorder at Birmingham Crown Court, said: "I have been asked to put off sentencing in order to get reports."

He also said "when we are dealing with someone aged 18 we need all the information we can before passing sentence. The inevitable sentence is life imprisonment. It is a matter of when he is allowed to come out."

Saunders informed that one witness described seeing Kamdar on the ground with his head "flapping back and forward with the force of each kick".

Mozid had admitted manslaughter but denied murder after attacking Kamdar in Stoke, a suburb of Coventry in the West Midlands, on September 5, saying he was so drunk he did not know what he was doing. Kamdar was left with severe injuries including fractured eye sockets and a cracked skull. He succumbed to his injuries on September 10.

Kamdar's relatives in the public gallery remained silent as the jury announced its findings, but some broke into tears. Local reports said Mozid had previously broken down in the dock and apologised for his victim's death, saying he felt "guilt and remorse" for what he had done.

Sentencing was adjourned until May 12.

Detective Inspector Matt Markham told newspersons later, "I am naturally pleased with the guilty verdict. It is in my opinion the right verdict. This verdict will allow them to achieve closure."

"This was an unprovoked attack on a completely innocent individual where robbery appears to have been part of the motive. Rushi was a good innocent young man. Our sympathies are with the family" he added.