Life sentence for Barach Bandavad

29/01/2013

Barach Bandavad was today found guilty of the murder of Judith Ege by a jury at Bristol Crown Court. He was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum custodial term of 22 years.

CPS reviewing lawyer Allie Longhorn said: "Mrs Ege, the step-mother of Bandavad's ex-girlfriend, had come to Bristol with her husband to collect his daughter's belongings from Bandavad's flat. Following an altercation, he threatened them both with knives and a handgun, before attacking Mrs Ege, causing fatal injuries, and then fleeing the scene.

"The CPS worked closely with Avon and Somerset police throughout this investigation and it is testament to the hard work of the entire prosecution team that the jury returned a guilty verdict. I would also like to thank the witnesses who came forward to give evidence and played such a vital role in the case.

"Our thoughts are today with Mrs Eges family. Nothing can compensate them for the loss they have suffered but I hope the sentence passed today will bring them a degree of closure."

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Crisp said "The verdict passed on Barach Bandavad brings to an end a lengthy investigation into a violent and unprovoked crime."