THE MUM of a former Lampton School pupil torched to death by his jealous ex-lover labelled his killer an 'evil spawn' as he was sentenced to life behind bars.
Nadim Kurrimbukus, of Heath Road, Hounslow, doused Charlie Davies with petrol and set him alight outside his family home in Staines on June 14 last year.
The popular 23-year-old, an ex-checkout team leader at Tesco in Osterley, died 12 days later after suffering 90 per cent burns.
On Wednesday, two days before the anniversary of Mr Davies' death, Kurrimbukus was told he would spend at least 23 years in prison before being considered for release.
Sentencing him at Kingston Crown Court, Judge Charles Tilling said he had shown a 'total lack of remorse' for the 'cold-blooded' killing. “I regard you as being a young man who if a relationship turns sour is prepared to go to any length to seek revenge,” he told the 25-year-old student.
“(The sentence) takes account of various aggravating features, including the degree of planning and the particularly vicious method you chose to attack Charlie Davies. It was the culmination of a vendetta and because of your continued denial there seems to be a total lack of remorse.”
Wearing a beige suit and striped tie, Kurrimbukus remained blank-faced during sentencing as he had done throughout the trial.
Speaking outside the court, Charlie's mother Kay Davies, who knew her son's killer as Adam, expressed her disappointment at the jail term.
“I don't think justice has been done. I'm very disappointed (with the sentence),” she said. "Nadim is an evil spawn. He's the lowest form of life on this planet. I feel I knew Adam but not Nadim.
“I feel Nadim was a completely different person from the man I knew. I was fond of Adam at the time. When I saw them together they were happy. They had similar personalities in some ways and he made Charlie happy a lot of the time.
“I would like to thank all our neighbours who helped Charlie. Myself and the whole family hope they never have to witness anything like that again.”
In a statement prepared for the court, printed in full below, Mrs Davies told how the entire family had been devastated by the loss of her 'friendly, happy and smiling' son.
Kurrimbukus was found guilty in April of murdering Mr Davies, with whom his two-year relationship had just ended.
Jurors heard how he had poured glue in the keyhole of the 23-year-old's family home, in Templedene Avenue, Staines, and lain in wait before setting him alight.
The attack was the culmination of what detectives described as a 'hateful vendetta' against Mr Davies, who had been a popular student at Lampton School, in Lampton Avenue, Hounslow, and his family.
In the weeks leading up to it, Kurrimbukus had attacked his former lover with a baseball bat, smashed his bedroom window and set his mother's car alight.
Kay Davies' statement in full - see page 2
KAY DAVIES' STATEMENT IN FULL:
“Even as a young child Charlie was always very friendly, happy and smiling. Throughout his short life he enjoyed socialising and making new friends. He wanted everyone to be happy and would make you laugh if you looked sad. Charlie would find time for anyone.
“Family celebrations like birthdays and Christmas are now not the same, sad because someone is missing, our ray of sunshine has gone. We find it hard to feel like a family anymore, don't know if we ever will again.
“On the 14th June last year we were all very happy, especially Charlie. He was looking forward to a job interview the following week, his 24th birthday in July and a holiday with his best friend Nigel in August. His brother was enjoying a holiday in Egypt with his girlfriend.
“That night all our lives changed forever, we will never understand how or why any being could hate Charlie so much to want to cause him to suffer such excruciating pain. It is not that he died, but the way he died that’s so painful and hard to come to terms with.
“As I sat in that ambulance with my brave son, I had no idea when he finally went to sleep he would never wake up and talk to me again. There was so much I would have liked to tell him. “We prefer to remember Charlie for the joy he brought into our lives. Happy, lively, entertaining, thoughtful and kind. Roxanne smiles back at his picture each morning when she wakes up. I will never forget his beautiful smile.
“We remember the 300 people at his funeral, it’s so comforting to know he was loved and respected by so many. Sometimes, of course, we do see Charlie the victim of the cruellest, most cowardly attack, by what we can only describe as an evil spawn, the lowest form of life on this planet. I don’t think we will ever forget that.
“Charlie was a young man with so much to look forward to, also so much to give. We all love and miss him so much that the right words are hard to find to explain how we all truly feel.”