Jail term for lies to po­lice

34-year-old gave false state­ments to mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Goolis­tan Cooper goolis­tan.cooper@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A MAN who lied to po­lice in­ves­ti­gat­ing the bru­tal mur­der of a Hilling­don dad-of-three has been sen­tenced.

Mar­wais Kakar was given a six-month jail sen­tence, sus­pended for two years, af­ter ham­per­ing de­tec­tives in­ves­ti­gat­ing the gun­ning down of Red­wan ElGhaidouni.

The 34-year-old, from Great Field Drive in Uxbridge, had ad­mit­ted mak­ing false state­ments at an ear­lier hear­ing at Isle­worth Crown Court and was sen­tenced at the same court on Mon­day.

Mr El-Ghaidouni, 38, was shot as he sat in the driver’s seat of his parked car on the drive­way of the home he shared with Sa­man­tha Taitt and his chil­dren in Vine Lane, Uxbridge, just be­fore 7pm on Fe­bru­ary 3.

He had taken over 90 min­utes to re­turn home fol­low­ing work, in­stead of the usual 20 min­utes, and po­lice were keen to de­ter­mine the cause of his de­lay.

Kakar was iden­ti­fied as some­one who had been in con­tact with the vic­tim shortly be­fore his mur­der and was traced and in­ter­viewed by po­lice.

But he ini­tially told de­tec­tives he only knew the vic­tim by a dif­fer­ent name and that he had been a reg­u­lar cus­tomer at his taxi firm, the Met said.

Over sub­se­quent in­ter­views he changed his story sev­eral times, po­lice added, even­tu­ally ad­mit­ting that ElGhaidouni had rented a room from him for oc­ca­sional vis­its over the course of two months prior to his death.

It was four months be­fore the full truth emerged by which time any ev­i­dence the vic­tim had rented a room from the de­fen­dant was gone.

Af­ter Kakar ad­mit­ted the charge on July 8, Ms Taitt said: “It is heart­break­ing that peo­ple would lie to the po­lice, es­pe­cially in a mur­der.”

Fol­low­ing sen­tenc­ing, in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer De­tec­tive Chief In­spec­tor Noel McHugh said: “This con­vic­tion and sub­se­quent sen­tence demon­strates that we re­main de­ter­mined in our ef­forts to un­cover the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the death of Red­wan El-Ghaidouni and any­one seek­ing to mis­lead or hin­der the in­ves­ti­ga­tion will be held to ac­count for their ac­tions.”

El-Ghaidouni was shot eight times through the car win­dow af­ter pulling into his drive, po­lice said.

The gun­man was wear­ing a dis­tinc­tive dark hooded top, with a large mo­tif on the front, dark bot­toms, dark gloves and dark shoes or train­ers.

He ran off through an al­ley­way that leads to Saun­ders Road, and turned the cor­ner where he was caught on one CCTV cam­era be­fore run­ning in the di­rec­tion of Dowd­ing Road.

n IN­VES­TI­GA­TION: Foren­sics of­fi­cers at the drive in Vine Lane, Uxbridge, where Red­wan El-Ghaidouni was shot dead

n FALSE STATE­MENTS: Mar­wais Kakar was given a six-month sus­pended jail sen­tence

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