A jealous lover who killed his ex-boyfriend by turning him into a human fireball faces life behind bars.
Nadim Kurrimbukus, of Heath Road, Hounslow, doused former Lampton School pupil Charlie Davies in petrol and set him alight outside his family home.
A jury at Kingston Crown Court unanimously convicted the 25-year-old student of murder on Wednesday.
They also found him guilty of arson with intent to endanger life after torching Mr Davies' mother's car weeks before.
However, his co-defendant Yusuf Dulloo, of Ashton Gardens, Hounslow, was cleared of both charges.
The 27-year-old lifestyle consultant admitted driving Kurrimbukus to the murder scene but insisted he had no idea Mr Davies, 23, was to be attacked.
Detective Chief Inspector Mark Preston, of Surrey Police, described the horrific attack as the culmination of a 'vicious campaign' against Mr Davies.
"It is clear that Nadim Kurrimbukus launched a hateful vendetta against Charlie Davies after their relationship broke down.
"His actions have cut short a young life and forever deprived Charlie’s family of a much-loved son and brother."
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At 11:20pm on Saturday 14 June 2008, Charlie was dropped off at his home in Templedene Avenue by a colleague after a late shift at the Tesco superstore in Osterley. During the car journey, he had received several telephone calls from Kurrimbukus asking how long it would be until he arrived home.
When he reached his front door he was unable to get inside, due to superglue having been put in the lock. Hemmed in on both sides by family cars, Charlie was doused with petrol and set alight by a hooded Kurrimbukus. He staggered to a nearby driveway where neighbours extinguished the fire.
Charlie was initially taken to St Peters Hospital and then to East Grinstead Hospital’s specialist burns unit for skin grafts on burns that covered roughly 90 per cent of his body. He remained in a critical condition until 20 June when, due to renal failure, he was transferred to Chelmsford. Late in the evening of June 26, Charlie lost his fight for life. The burns were cited as the cause of death.
After the attack, Kurrimbukus ran down an alleyway adjacent to Charlie’s home to a waiting car allegedly driven by Dulloo, who, in court, denied all knowledge of what Kurrimbukus had done.
As the investigation developed, officers found this night was not the first time Charlie and his family had been targeted, identifying three previous offences in 2008.
On March 31 at around 11:20pm, Charlie was walking home when he was attacked by a hooded man using something described as a baseball bat or similar object, causing actual bodily harm. The offence was fully investigated at the time, but Charlie did not recognise his attacker and no suspect was traced.
In the early hours of April 3, Charlie's bedroom window was smashed. The offence was reported to police, but no object was found at the scene and no suspects were identified.
At around 11:15pm on 13 May, petrol was ignited under a car owned by Charlie’s mother, which was parked on the driveway of their house. CCTV was seized from a neighbouring house and showed a hooded offender. The investigation into this offence was still underway when the murder took place.
The previous offences were reviewed by officers investigating the murder. Three of the offences, including the murder, took place at a similar time of night, suggesting the offender knew Charlie’s movements and shift patterns at work. The clothing, size, movements and actions of the hooded man in footage from the arson were also very similar when compared to CCTV of the murder.
Believing that Nadim Kurrimbukus had lied about his whereabouts when earlier interviewed as an ex-partner and someone who could help build a picture of Charlie’s life; he was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.
Mobile phone analysis also put him close to Charlie’s home at the time of the baseball bat assault, car arson and murder.
Mr Davies met Kurrimbukus at a nightclub in Ealing where they worked together, but the pair's two-year relationship had ended shortly before Mr Davies' murder.
Judge Charles Tilling said the case displayed a 'degree of calculating coldness'. He adjourned sentencing to allow experts to prepare a pyschiatric report on Kurrimbukus.