Man jailed for murder - Oxford

23/06/2017

A man appeared at Oxford Crown Court today, Friday, 23 June 2017, and was jailed for life and is to serve a minimum of 20 years and 10 months imprisonment for the murder of Domingos Romalho in Oxford in February.

Egidio Da Silva Alves, aged 28, of The Slade, Oxford, was sentenced today after pleading guilty to the murder at the same court on 25 May.

At around 2.30pm on 13 February 2017, Da Silva Alves bumped into 35-year-old Domingos Romalho, whom he knew, at a bookmakers in London Road, Headington. The two men had a brief conversation before Da Silva Alves left the store and went to a nearby hardware shop where he purchased a large kitchen knife.

Da Silva Alves returned to the bookmakers and used the gaming machines before going into the toilets where he removed the knife from the packaging. Da Silva Alves then followed Domingos Romalho into Windmill Road, where he made a brief phone to a friend asking him to look after his child as he grew up. When asked why, he stated: "I am going to kill him."

An altercation then took place between the pair and Da Silva Alves attacked Domingos Romalho with the knife in a garden. Members of public, who had witnessed the offence, intervened and disarmed Da Silva Alves whilst providing first aid to Domingos Romalho, who had sustained severe injuries. Emergency services were called and Domingos Romalho was taken to hospital where he sadly died the following day.

Rachel Lomas, Senior Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "This case involved the murder of 35-year-old Domingos Romalho in Oxford on 13 February this year, when Da Silva Alves was seen by members of the public to brutally and frantically attack Mr Romalho with a knife. Da Silva Alves was arrested at the scene and Mr Romalho was taken to hospital, where he died the following day.

"Da Silva Alves answered 'no comment' during his police interviews, but on 25 May 2017, at Oxford Crown Court, owing to the strength of evidence against him, Da Silva Alves pleaded guilty to the murder.

"This case represents a tragedy for Mr Romalho's family and friends, who have been devastated by his death. The witnesses, including children, were utterly unprepared for what they saw that afternoon and a number of them acted courageously in their efforts to save Mr Romalho's life, and detain and disarm Da Silva Alves despite the obvious risks to themselves. I would like to pay tribute to Mr Romalho's family and friends, and the witnesses, for their support of the investigation and prosecution.

"We have worked closely with Thames Valley Police since this investigation was launched and as a result of the hard work and diligence of the prosecution team, a just outcome has been achieved. We know that nothing will bring Mr Romalho back to his family and friends, but we hope that the conviction and today's sentence bring them at least a small sense that justice has been done. Our thoughts are very much with them all at this time."

Following today's sentencing, senior investigating officer Detective Inspector Dave Hubbard, from Thames Valley Police's Major Crime unit, said: "This sentence reflects the severity of the crime that Da Silva Alves committed, which tragically led to the death of Domingos Romalho.

"The loss of Domingos was one that his loved ones felt deeply and my thoughts are with them at this difficult time.

"Although today's sentencing will never change the outcome of that day, I hope it will at least give some comfort to Domingos' family and friends, to know that justice has been served and that Da Silva Alves will now begin serving a life sentence.

"I would like to praise the bravery and courage of those who witnessed this horrific incident. Whilst we would never advise members of the public to risk their own safety and intervene, in this instance they acted courageously to stop the attack, to disarm Da Silva Alves and provide first aid to Domingos before the emergency services arrived. I'd also like to thank all of those who have worked tirelessly on this case, in order to bring this dangerous offender to justice."

The victim's family issued a statement following sentencing: "No sentence will ever be enough, it won't bring Adomi back. It's over now, I hope my husband can rest in peace, we must now try to move on with our lives. We would like to thank the Police, CPS, the people who tried to help Adomi that day and my family and friends who have been supportive throughout."