Man sentenced for Christmas day murder


Tyrone Jacobs, 28, has been sentenced today at Inner London Crown Court to a life sentence and will serve a minimum of 30 years in prison for the murder of Harbhajan Singh Rooprai, who was killed when Jacobs set fire to a house in Field Road E7 on Christmas day morning last year.

Jacobs was found guilty of both murder and arson with intent to endanger life, for which he was also given a life sentence with no separate minimum tariff to serve. The arson was aimed at the residents of an upstairs flat and Mr Rooprai was not the intended victim.

Elaine Cousins, CPS London reviewing lawyer, said: "These were shocking and tragic events on Christmas day morning last year. The previous evening Jacobs had attended a gathering at which a disagreement led to him stabbing one of the others in the leg.

"When later that evening Jacobs found windows smashed at his mother's home he went to the Field Road property, where the person he thought was the culprit lived on the first floor, and deliberately set a fire in the hallway using petrol as an accelerant.

"That Mr Rooprai, who lived on the ground floor, should lose his life as a result of such a disagreement is all the more tragic. Jacobs will now serve a minimum of 30 years in prison for his actions, which we hope is of some small comfort to Mr Rooprai's family."