Aaron De Silva sentenced to life for the murder of 73-year-old man in Fulham

28/02/2014

Aaron De Silva, 21, was sentenced today at the Central Criminal Court to life imprisonment with a minimum of 32 years for the murder of 73-year-old Joseph Griffiths.

Baljit Ubhey, CPS London Chief Crown Prosecutor, said: "This was an unprovoked and violent attack by Aaron De Silva on a man more than 50 years his senior who was trying to protect his home and his family.

"On 10 November 2012 De Silva broke into the Joseph Griffiths' house in Fulham while he and his wife, and two family friends were asleep.

"De Silva accepted that he had killed Mr Griffiths by pleading guilty to manslaughter by diminished responsibility but the prosecution could not accept that plea.

"The prosecution's case was that there was a clear intention to kill Mr Griffiths and that De Silva's claims of diminished responsibility were unfounded. We instructed our own expert who confirmed that he was suffering no mental illness at the time of the killing and the jury agreed that De Silva's actions amounted to murder.

"This was a terrifying ordeal for those in the house that night.

"I hope the sentence today gives some small comfort to Mr Griffiths' family and friends. Our thoughts are with them."

Background: De Silva also pleaded  guilty to aggravated burglary relating to this incident and was sentenced to 12 years to run concurrently.