THREE men who murdered a Lutterworth businessman have been sentenced to life in prison.
Sarwar Gader (35) of Gleneagles Avenue in Leicester and Wali Khan (32) and Naveed Naveed (28) both St Stephen’s Road, in Leicester, were found guilty this week of the murder of Dogan Dogan at Aladdin’s takeaway in Linton Street, Leicester.
Mr Dogan, who was 50-years-old, also owned and ran Pizzaman in Church Street, Lutterworth.
The conviction follows a trial at Birmingham Crown Court. All three were sentenced on Thursday to life in prison, they are to serve a minimum of 28 years before they are considered for release.
Naveed Naveed and Sarwar Gader were also found guilty of robbery. Wali Khan had pleaded guilty to robbery at an earlier hearing.
Mr Dogan’s body was found in the bedsit above Aladdin takeaway on Linton Street, Evington, on the afternoon of Sunday, January 8.
His hands and feet were tied and a towel and several layers of clothing had been tied over his face. He died of asphyxiation and also had broken ribs and a black eye.
Takings of around £1,000 from both of Mr Dogan’s businesses, Aladdin’s and Pizzaman in Lutterworth, were also missing from the bedsit.
Naveed’s car was seen driving away from the scene in the early hours of January 8, and keys belonging to Mr Dogan were seen being thrown from the vehicle as it drove around Leicester.
Detective Chief Inspector Tom Davies, who led the investigation, said: “I am pleased that after a lengthy trial, these three men have been convicted for the role they played in the murder of Mr Dogan.
“Mr Dogan was a much loved husband and father. He sadly never got to meet his grandchild who was born shortly after he died.
“I would like to thank the family, who have shown tremendous dignity and support for the police investigation throughout this case. They have understandably been left devastated and I hope that this outcome will bring them some small form of comfort that those responsible for his murder have been brought to justice.”