‘Vi­o­lent and jeal­ous’ waiter jailed for ‘sense­less’ killing

Plumber blamed for re­la­tion­ship break-up was stabbed to death

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A JEAL­OUS and ob­ses­sive waiter from Hilling­don has been jailed for 26 years for mur­der­ing a man whom he blamed for the break-up of his re­la­tion­ship.

Gu­rav Sharma, 34, of Den­zilo Av­enue, stabbed 38-year-old plumber Mo­hammed Afzal from Southall twice in the chest on Au­gust 20 last year.

Sharma could not cope with be­ing re­jected by 21 year-old Ki­ran­jeet Su­man and blamed Mr Afzal for telling her he had a se­cret ex-wife and child, the Old Bai­ley was told.

Judge Wendy Joseph QC told Sharma that Mr Afzal was ‘a quite in­no­cent party in all of this’.

She added: “With­out any ra­tio­nal foun­da­tion for it, you came to be­lieve that Mr Afzal was caus­ing prob­lems be­tween you and her.

“There was ab­so­lutely no rea­son for think­ing she was in a sex­ual re­la­tion­ship with him.

“In her dis­tress she turned to Mo­hammed Afzal for help and ad­vice, only be­cause she be­lieved he might have some in­flu­ence over you and stop you be­ing vi­o­lent.

“You threat­ened to stab him to death. You ar­ranged to con­front each other. I am sat­is­fied he was not armed. I have no doubt you armed your­self with a large kitchen knife.”

Sharma came to the UK from In­dia sev­eral years ago and is be­lieved to have in­def­i­nite leave to re­main be­cause of his mar­riage to a Bri­tish cit­i­zen. He met Miss Su­man while work­ing in a tan­doori restau­rant in Hayes, west Lon­don.

She de­scribed their re­la­tion­ship as ‘in­tense’ and said he be­came in­creas­ingly jeal­ous, vi­o­lent and posses­sive.

Judge Joseph told Sharma: “You be­came ob­sessed with her, you de­manded that she spend ev­ery evening with you.

“You be­came ir­ra­tionally jeal­ous if you thought she was re­ceiv­ing mes­sages from other men even if they were fam­ily or old friends.”

When Mr Afzal saw Sharma throt­tling Miss Su­man he told her to end the re­la­tion­ship and re­vealed that Sharma had a se­cret ex-wife and young daugh­ter and was us­ing heroin.

Sharma re­acted to be­ing dumped by shout­ing: “Who’s been spread­ing lies about me? I’m go­ing to kill them.”

Pros­e­cu­tor Mark Hey­wood QC told the court: “Sharma was for a long time un­able to ac­cept that his re­la­tion­ship with the young woman was at an end, even though it was prin­ci­pally be­cause of his own be­hav­iour and treat­ment of her.”

Mr Afzal, who lived in De­lamere Road, Southall, suf­fered a punc­tured lung fol­low­ing a con­fronta­tion with Sharma at The Broad­way in Southall and later died in hos­pi­tal from in­ter­nal bleed­ing.

Sharma was ar­rested the next day af­ter po­lice found him hid­ing un­der a bed at the home of his friend Jaswinder Singh, 30, who had been present at the time of the mur­der and was also jailed for three and a half years.

Det Insp Luke Marks said af­ter the trial: “Mo­hamed Afzal was a hard work­ing man who also had car­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for his el­derly fa­ther.

“His mur­der is an ab­so­lute tragedy and has brought un­told grief to his fam­ily and friends.

“I hope this sen­tence brings Mr Afzal’s fam­ily jus­tice for his sense­less killing.

“I am pleased the jury were able to see the com­pelling ev­i­dence gath­ered to prove Gu­rav Sharma was guilty of the mur­der.” We have teamed up with Mid­dle­sex County Cricket Club to give away 3 pairs of tick­ets to Mid­dles­sex v Worcestershire on June 22, just go to

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