Hemel man sentenced for covering up murder


A man from Hemel Hempstead has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison at St Albans Crown Court today (20 January) in connection with the murder of Zafar Khaliq.

Mr Khaliq, 43, from the Harringay area of North London, was last seen on Saturday 10 July and he was reported missing to the Metropolitan Police on Thursday 15 July. His body was recovered in road works off the A421 Bedford Bypass close to Manor Farm, Brogborough, on Thursday 22 July.

Kieran O'Brien, 29, from Peasecroft Road, Hemel Hempstead, took officers to the shallow grave on the A421. He was sentenced today, having pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing, to perverting the course of justice and obstructing the coroner.

Wayne Grimes, 36, from Shirley Road, Abbots Langley, is already serving life for the murder of Mr Khaliq having been sentenced on 13 January.

CPS case lawyer, Luke Bulpitt, from the Thames and Chiltern Complex Casework Unit, said: "Kieran O'Brien assisted Wayne Grimes in covering up what he had done; namely, hiding the body of Zafar Khaliq in road works on the A421 near Brogborough after Grimes had stabbed him to death."