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Man sentenced to life imprisonment for killing friend

|News, Violent crime

A man who fatally stabbed his friend and left his body in the flat for weeks has been sentenced to life imprisonment.

Matthew Chibnall, 55, of Eden Street, Coventry was sentenced today (1 December 2020) at Coventry Crown Court to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 18 years after he was convicted of the murder of 57-year-old Anil Vegad.

In April 2020, Matthew Chibnall stabbed Anil Vegad once to the back, leaving him to bleed to death over several hours, in the flat he had been invited to lodge in by Mr Vegad. After inflicting the fatal stab wound, Matthew Chibnall watched as Mr Vegad took his last breath and then opened a can of lager. He continued with his day-to-day life, making no effort to move Anil Vegad’s body. He covered his head and hand with towels and left him to decompose on the living room floor; stepping over his body each time he left the flat.

Matthew Chibnall spent the next six to eight weeks using Anil Vegad’s debit card to buy alcohol when his funds ran dry. Eventually, Matthew Chibnall attended Coventry Police Station and told police he wanted to hand himself in for ‘killing his friend.’

Kate Seal of the CPS said “The sentence imposed today reflects not only the fact that Anil Vegad was stabbed to death in his own home, but the disrespect Matthew Chibnall then displayed in his treatment of Mr Vegad’s body, denying his family the right to mourn their father, brother, and husband, as they would have wished. Whilst no one can change the outcome of the horrific events of that day or return a lost loved one to their family; I hope the conviction and sentence imposed today will bring some closure to the family of Mr Vegad and allow them to begin rebuilding their lives.”

Notes to editors

  • Kate Seal is a Senior Crown Prosecutor at CPS West Midlands.

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