Man found guilty of murdering casino winner

08/03/2013

A 25 year-old man has today been found guilty of stabbing an innocent man to death in Birmingham city centre in order to steal his casino winnings.

Following a 5 day trial at Birmingham Crown Court, Mohammed Muqtar was found guilty of the murder of Sashpal Singh Bahra in May 2012. He has been given a life sentence and ordered to serve a minimum of 30 years.

Rukhsana Mohammed from the West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"This was a planned robbery where brutal violence was used which led to the death of Sashpal Bahra.

"Mohammed Muqtar was captured by CCTV cameras entering the Gala Casino on Hill Street in Birmingham city centre with what we believe was the sole purpose of identifying a victim who had won money in the casino. The victim who he identified that night was Mr Bahra.

"Once Mr Bahra had cashed in his £3,000 winnings, he left the casino and headed home. Muqtar followed the victim and then attacked him. The victim fought back and the defendant stabbed him a number of times using a knife he was carrying with him. One of these stab wounds proved fatal and Mr Bahra was pronounced dead at the scene.

"This was a very tragic case where Mr Bahra should have been celebrating, but instead his family and friends have been left grieving for their loss. Our thoughts today are with them and we extend our deepest sympathy."