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3 NRI Brothers Kamal Sohal, Sukhminder Sohal and Michael Sohal, convicted of murder in UK

Los Angeles, March 15, 2021 A.Gary Singh

Osvaldo de Carvalho, aged 22, was killed by three Brothers Kamal, 23, Sukhminder, 25, and Michael Sohal 28. They were found guilty of his murder following a trial at Croydon Crown Court on Tuesday, 16 February 2021, on the evening of 24 September 2019.

Reporting restrictions were imposed on the case as two other men were still to stand trial.

On Friday, 12 March at Croydon Crown Court, Antoine George, 24, was found guilty of manslaughter. Karim Azab, 25, was found not guilty of murder.

The court hear how the men and Osvaldo had been involved in an ongoing dispute. When Sukhminder and Michael met Osvaldo and two of his friends in Twyford Gardens that night they called their brother, Kamal, for support and reinforcement.

On receiving this call, Kamal grabbed a large hunting knife which he brazenly brandished as he ran along the Uxbridge Road to the scene from his home nearby.

George, who had also been in the house, went with Kamal to the scene of the dispute.

After his arrival and following a brief chase the three in the victim’s group ran from the scene; the two friends heading one way, and Osvaldo running into West Lodge Avenue.

Witnesses described him being chased by a group of men, some armed with knives. They caught up with Osvaldo, surrounded him and stabbed him, and then ran off leaving Osvaldo lying on the ground dying. The three brothers left the scene and returned to Kamal’s address.

George left the area in a car which had been parked on the driveway outside Kamal’s flat.

A post mortem examination revealed that Osvaldo had suffered multiple stab wounds, including a deep wound to his left leg which would have been caused by significant force. But the fatal wound was a stab wound to his back which was so deep it nearly passed through his body.

In a bid to cover their tracks, later that evening Michael and Sukhminder set fire to clothes they had been wearing at the time of the stabbing.

An investigation was launched by detectives from the Specialist Crime South Command, under Detective Chief Inspector Vicky Tunstall.

It was found that on the day of the murder, George and Sukhminder Sohal went to a shop in Hounslow that sold knives and purchased the weapons used and transported them to Kamal’s flat; however those weapons were never recovered.

It was with the assistance of witnesses and piecing together CCTV that police were able to trace and arrest the suspects, who were subsequently charged with murder.