Man jailed for murder - Reading

05/10/2016

A man appeared at Kingston Crown Court today, Wednesday, 05 October 2016, and was jailed for life and to serve a minimum of 15 years for the murder of a man in Reading last December.

Damir Begmatov, aged 25, of Chester Street, Swindon was sentenced today after being found guilty on Wednesday, 14 September 2016, at Kingston Crown Court, of the murder, following an 8-day trial.

On his release from prison, Begmatov will be deported to Uzbekistan.

On Sunday, 27 December 2015, at about 4.20am police were called by paramedics to an address in London Road, Reading, where they found that a man had died.

The man was identified as Bobir Esanov, aged 36, an Uzbekistan man who lived in Reading.

A post-mortem was carried out on New Year's Eve 2015, and revealed that Mr Esanov had been strangled and assaulted.

Tracey Johnson-Brown, District Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "This case involved the untimely death of 36-year-old Bobir Esanov, known as Bob, in Reading last December.

"On the evening of Saturday, 26 December 2015, Damir Begmatov and Bob were in the room they shared in a multi-occupancy house in London Road, Reading and it is believed they had consumed a significant amount of alcohol, which was not unusual.  There had been an earlier fall out between the two where Begmatov had physically assaulted Bob. In the early hours of Sunday, 27 December 2015, Begmatov assaulted Bob again and strangled him with a cord, causing his death, before leaving him dead in the room and meeting up with a friend.  Much later, Begmatov returned to the property and called emergency services, claiming he had been out and had returned home to find Bob dead. He then fled the area to Swindon where he was subsequently arrested on 09 January 2016.

"Begmatov answered 'no comment' during police interviews, but on Wednesday, 14 September 2016, a jury found him guilty of murder despite his denials.

"This case represents a tragedy for Bob's family and friends who have been devastated by his death. I would like to pay tribute to Bob's family and friends and the witnesses for their wholehearted 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 Bob 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."

Investigating Officer, Detective Inspector Stuart Blaik, of Major Crime based at Aylesbury police station, said: "I am pleased that Begmatov has been convicted of murder and that he will be behind bars for some time.

"In this case, a disagreement between the two men had occurred and in the lead up both men had consumed substantial amounts of alcohol.

"However the actions of Begmatov were extremely violent in which he assaulted Mr Esanov twice.  It ended with Begmatov strangling Mr Esanov with a rope or cord and then leaving him to die.

"This has been a very difficult time for the family of Mr Esanov, who was known as Bob, and I hope this sentencing can bring them some sense of justice for their loss.

"I would like to thank the Crown Prosecution Service for their assistance throughout this case to secure the conviction of Begmatov who has never admitted responsibility for his violent actions or shown any remorse for what he has done."