Life sentence for employee who killed his employer


A 28-year-old man has today been jailed for life after he pleaded guilty at Birmingham Crown Court to the manslaughter of his employer, Amarjit Singh Rai.

Fausto Graciano was employed by the local businessman, but had been recently been unable to attend work due to ill health.

As a concerned employer, the victim visited the defendant at his flat on Gillott Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham on 2 May 2013 to check on his welfare.

The two parties ended up outside of the flat and were seen by witnesses in side alleyway having a disagreement. It was at this stage that Graciano stabbed Mr Rai three times and then used a weight-lifting bar to bludgeon the victim to death.

The emergency services were immediately called and Graciano was arrested in the alleyway. Paramedics were unable to save Mr Rai who was pronounced dead at the scene of the attack.

The defendant was medically assessed and he was deemed unfit to be interviewed due to his mental wellbeing and he was initially sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

Martin Lindop, Sector Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"Following expert medical advice from the prosecution and defence psychiatrists into Fausto Graciano's mental health, it became apparent that the defendant is a paranoid schizophrenic and was floridly psychotic when he carried out this horrific attack.

"It is this illness, which had significantly impaired his mental state,  which provides the explanation for his actions that day when he brutally killed Amarjit Singh Rai and therefore, following discussions with the police and counsel, the prosecution team has decided to accept his guilty plea today to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

"Our thoughts are today with the family and friends of Mr Rai."