Three men convicted over death of jeweller in raid
Three men have today been found guilty of killing a jeweller who they had kidnapped as part of an unsuccessful raid on his Leicestershire shop.
Thomas Jervis, Charles Mcauley and Callan Reeve had denied responsibility for the death of 74-year-old Ramniklal Jogiya but were all convicted by a jury at Birmingham Crown Court.
Jervis and Mcauley were both found guilty of murder while Reeve was found guilty of manslaughter. A fourth man, Javon Roach, was acquitted by the jury.
The prosecution presented evidence to the court showing that the three defendants abducted Mr Jogiya on 24 January this year and drove him in a van to a remote area. They tortured him in an attempt to get the security codes for the alarm system and safe at his shop.
The men left Mr Jogiya in a field and attempted unsuccessfully to steal from his shop. He died from the multiple serious injuries he sustained in the assault which included six broken ribs and traumatic brain injury.
Linsey Farnsworth from the CPS said:
“These three men were part of a group determined to kidnap and rob Mr Jogiya and then steal from his shop, which sadly resulted in his death.
“All denied responsibility for his death but the CPS built a strong case and demonstrated to the jury that they had planned the offences in considerable detail. This included presenting evidence which showed the defendants had acquired stolen vans, sourced a disguise and arranged the abduction of Mr Jogiya as part of their plan to raid the jewellery shop.
“This evidence has at times been distressing for Mr Jogiya’s family and friends. Our thoughts are with them.”
The defendants will be sentenced on 10 September.
Notes to editors
Linsey Farnsworth is a Senior Crown Prosecutor from the CPS East Midlands Complex Casework Unit
· Thomas Jervis (06.04.94) was charged and found guilty of murder. He pleaded guilty to robbery and kidnapping
· Charles Mcauley (10.11.97) was charged and found guilty of murder. He pleaded guilty to robbery and kidnapping
· Callan Reeve (01.05.98) was convicted of manslaughter. He pleaded guilty to robbery and kidnapping
· Jevon Roach (24.02.88) was charged and found not guilty of murder, robbery and kidnapping