Thursday, 18 August 2011

Shepherd's Bush murderer gets 20 years

A man has been sentenced to life imprisonment at the Old Bailey today (Wednesday 17 August) for the murder of Ibrahim Kledat in Shepherds Bush in October 2010.

Charles Lansiquot, 42, of Bathurst House, White City Estate, W12 will have to serve a minimum of 20 years before he can be considered for release.

He was found guilty of the offence at the Old Bailey on Tuesday 16 August following trial.

Detective Inspector Craig Jones of the Homicide and Serious Crime Command said:

"Lansiquot not only dreamt up an elaborate sequence of events to explain the victim's death, he also put the lives of other residents in the block of flats at risk when setting fire to the premises to cover his tracks. Good detective work provided evidence that his account was nothing but lies and resulted in him being convicted."

The court heard that police were called at approximately 08:10hrs on 20 October 2010 to Lugard House to reports of a fire. Officers, London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade attended.

At 08:25hrs the fire was extinguished and a short time later the body of a man with stab injuries was found inside the premises. A murder investigation was launched.

The victim was identified as Ibrahim Kledat, aged 54, of that address. A post-mortem examination gave cause of death as shock through haemorrhage and stab wounds to chest.

At approximately 12:00hrs the same day Charles Lansiquot walked into Shepherds Bush police station and told police he had witnessed the murder of his friend.

He told police that he was in the flat, where he had been drinking with the victim, when two men came in through the front door which was always left open. He claimed they pointed a gun at him and told him not to move before stabbing Ibrahim Kledat numerous times.

He then stated that they had made him clean any evidence from the flat before making him take his clothes off and telling him they would kill his family if he told anyone what he had witnessed.

Detectives, suspicious of his account, arrested Charles Lansiquot in connection with the case.

Enquiries were carried out into the hours leading up to, and after, the victim's death and evidence was gathered which contradicted Lansiquot's story. He was charged with murder on 23 October and committed for trial.

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