Issued on 12/1/18 at 3:58 p.m.
Three men have been sentenced to a total of almost 35 years for their part in the death of 40-year-old Promise Ndlovu.
Kehar Hayer, Kuldeep Singh and Ramandeep Dhaliwal were convicted at the end of last year after a seven week trial at Nottingham Crown Court. They have all appeared at Leicester Crown Court today (12 January) and have been sentenced to:
Kehar Hayer, 56, of Spencefield Lane, was found guilty of manslaughter, conspiracy to falsely imprison and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, and was sentenced to a total 13 years
Kuldeep Singh, 37, of Westover Road, Leicester, was found guilty of manslaughter, conspiracy to falsely imprison and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, and was sentenced to a total of 13 years
Ramandeep Dhaliwal, 34, of no fixed address, was found guilty of conspiracy to falsely imprison and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. He was sentenced to eight years and six months
Promise was found dead by a member of the public in Charter Street, Leicester, the morning after he’d met a group of men at a nearby building to finalise a business deal over land.
A murder investigation was launched and the movements of those believed to be involved were tracked from Leicester to London, and back, with enquiries culminating with arrests in Wales.
Promise had arranged to meet Dhaliwal and Hayer at the Kapital Buildings, in Charter Street, on the evening of 28 October to exchange money as part of an alleged deal to buy land.
Enquiries established that during the meeting there was a disagreement after one party tried to pay with ‘funny money’ – blank pieces of paper they claimed would turn into valid currency if a mix of chemicals was poured on it.
This led to Dhaliwal travelling to London to collect more cash but he returned empty handed, claiming he had been robbed at gunpoint.
Hayer, who had stayed in Leicester throughout the evening, believed Promise was somehow involved in this robbery, and detained him inside the Kapital Buildings. Kuldeep Singh was also inside the building.
Promise’s body was found by a member of the public at about 8.30am on 29 October. Dhaliwal and Hayer were at the scene and attempted to complete CPR on him, even though they knew he was dead. It’s argued that this was in an attempt to cover their involvement in the death. On police attendance it was established that their accounts did not seem to be accurate and they were arrested.