A MAN has been sentenced to life in prison after stabbing another man in the chest with a screwdriver.
Saqib Asif Khan, 31, was convicted on Tuesday of the murder of Harjit Nijjar at the Old Bailey and sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 18 years.
The court heard that at about 6am on May 14 last year, Khan drove to the home of 24-year-old Harjit Singh Nijjar, in Spikes Bridge Road, Southall, with the intention of demanding money on behalf of a female friend.
After sending the friend to invite Mr Nijjar outside, Khan put on a pair on gloves, took a screwdriver from the car and concealed it in his clothing. After confronting Harjit in the street, a scuffle ensued and Khan stabbed his victim in the chest.
Harjit was rushed to Ealing Hospital but died of his injuries later that day. A post-mortem gave cause of death as a single stab wound to the chest.
Khan fled the scene but was arrested the following day by officers from the Homicide and Serious Crime Command.
Detective Chief Inspector Tim Duffield of the HSCCommand said: "Harjit Nijjar was a young man with hopes and ambitions. In electing to use violence to settle what had been a minor dispute, Khan robbed Harjit’s family and friends of a caring and much-loved person. Our thoughts go out to them at this sad time.
"Acts of violence will not be tolerated on the streets of London and violent offenders will continue to be brought to justice. Saqib Khan has the next eighteen years to contemplate his actions on that fateful day, which resulted in a young man losing his life."