A man who murdered a father-of-three in a revenge attack has been jailed for a minimum of 26 and a half years.
Sanjay Salhotra, 26 from Southall was found guilty of murder at the same court was sentenced last week to life imprisonment to serve a minimum of 26 and a half years
Harinder Rattan, 41, died of multiple stab wounds after he was attacked near his home in Southall, on Sunday, January 4.
The court heard that the murder originated from an incident which took place on December 20 2014.
In the incident Rattan was sitting in his car when the door was opened by a man in a hooded top who struck him in the face and demanded he get out.
Rattan retaliated by hitting him over the head with a crowbar until he ran off.
That man was Salhotra and his blood and DNA was found on the crowbar when it was forensically analysed following Rattan’s murder.
On the night of his death, Rattan left his home on the night of January 4 to go to a local shop. It is believed Rattan was attacked sometime later by Salhotra.
The victim was left lying in the road, with Salhotra initially hiding in a nearby alleyway and then going to the home of his friend, Inderjit Bhachu, in Clarence Street, who let him in after he lied and said that he was chased by some youths.
Bhachu and Salhotra then drove to Staines where they set fire to Salhotra’s clothing. Bhachu changed out of the clothing he was wearing and when detectives found those items, it was clear that they had been washed.
Police searched the alleyway and found the knife - which had been cleaned and a pair of latex gloves with Harinder Rattan’s DNA of on them.
Bhachu, 28 was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment at the same court after he had previously pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice. He was found not guilty of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm with intent.
Detective Chief Inspector Simon Ashwin, of the Homicide and Major Crime Command (HMCC) said: “Harinder Rattan was subjected to a brutal attack for nothing other than for Sanjay Salhotra to save face. Bhachu assisted in the disposing of evidence”.
“I am pleased that Salhotra and Bachu now face a considerable prison sentences; I hope that this brings some sense of justice to Harinder Rattan’s family.”