Herts man sentenced to life for murder


Man from Abbots Langley imprisoned for murder.

A man from Abbots Langley has been sentenced to life in prison at St Albans Crown Court today (13 January) after pleading guilty to the murder of Zafar Khaliq.

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

At the start of his trial today, Wayne Grimes (36), from Shirley Road, Abbots Langley, pleaded guilty to murder and obstructing a Coroner in the execution of his duty. He will serve a minimum of 17 years and 192 days in prison.

CPS case lawyer Luke Bulpitt, from the Thames and Chiltern Complex Casework Unit, said: "Wayne Grimes stabbed Zafar Khaliq 19 times and callously dumped his body in road works near Brogborough. There was sufficient evidence to prosecute him for murder and Grimes has today been brought before the courts and sent to prison for many years. We hope this means his family can now move forward with their lives." 

Det. Chief Insp. Mark Ross, from the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit (MCU), said: "Wayne Grimes showed no mercy to his victim. Not only did he kill him, he attempted to conceal what he had done. The Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire MCU are dedicated to bringing offenders of serious crimes to justice and I am pleased that the sentencing of Wayne Grimes reflects the seriousness of the crime."

Zafar Khaliq's sons said: "He was a great dad and we miss him very much. It is a big loss."

Kieran O'Brien (29), from Peasecroft Road, Hemel Hempstead, pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice and obstructing the Coroner at an earlier hearing. He is due to be sentenced next week.