Man found guilty of killing friend in Handsworth hostel
March 1, 2013, 1:45 pm
A man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for the murder of one of his friends at a hostel in Handsworth.
Rahman Saidi was today (Thursday 28 February) convicted of killing Bakhtiar Mirawdali after a trial at Birmingham Crown Court.
The court heard how Mr Mirawdali was subjected to a ferocious attack which resulted in the 49-year-old cutting his throat with a knife.
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The attack happened inside the victims room at a hostel in Soho Road sometime between 31 January and 1 February, 2012.
Saidi denied being involved in the 40-year-olds death but examinations of his mobile phone and his movements before the attack found inconsistencies with what he was telling police.
The court heard how the victim had been having an affair with Saidis ex-wife which may have sparked the argument that led to his death.
Detectives linked Saidi to the attack after they discovered he had visited a casino on the night of the murder and spent a large amount of cash that was stolen from the victim.
Mr Mirawdali had been saving the money to return to his home country of Iraq and had even booked a one-way ticket for February 1.
Saidi was subsequently charged with his murder on February 11, 2012.
Detective Inspector Buck Rogers, who led the investigation, said: “We hope that this guilty verdict will bring some comfort and closure to Mr Mirawdalis family and friends.
“Saidi maintained his innocence throughout questioning by police but our investigation uncovered evidence that showed he had stolen a large amount of money from the victim and lost most of it at a local casino.
“Both Saidi and his victim were originally from Iraq and had been friends. The victim had planned to return to his home country for good on February 1 but tragically never arrived at the airport to catch his flight.”