A 36-year-old man, who was extradited from India to the UK, was sentenced to life in jail in London immediately after he was discovered responsible of raping a number of girls and a homicide at a trial.
Aman Vyas was sentenced by UK’s Croydon Crown Court docket, with a really useful minimal time period behind bars of 37 years.
“We’re happy with immediately’s sentence which displays the gravity of Vyas’s crimes. Finally the victims and their households have seen the person liable for such horrible crimes delivered to justice. This can be a lengthy sentence that recognises the cruelty and depravity of Vyas’s actions,” Scotland Yard case officer Detective Sergeant Shaleena Sheikh mentioned.
“Aman Vyas carried out horrific and violent assaults on three girls which, tragically, culminated within the homicide of Michelle Samaraweera. He then did all he might to evade duty for his crimes and fled to India. He added additional misery to these he damage by subjecting them to a trial. I want to commend the dignity and bravado proven by his victims and their households all through this course of, which has lasted greater than 10 years,” Ms Sheikh mentioned.
Aman Vyas was additionally sentenced for grievous bodily hurt with intent (14 years), for the rape of a lady (16 years and 5 months), for the rape of a second girl (18-and-a-half years), for the rape of a 3rd girl (18-and-a-half years), and the rape of Michelle Samaraweera, the homicide sufferer, (18-and-a-half years).
All sentences are to run concurrent with the sentence for homicide.
Ms Samaraweera’s sister Ann paid tribute to her late “considerate child sister” and referred to as on Aman Vyas to admit and be “really sorry” for the ache he had inflicted on her and different households.
She mentioned in a press release: “Aman Vyas has had over 11 years to return clear and admit to raping and murdering my sister, and even longer to confess to all the opposite heinous crimes dedicated towards all the opposite harmless victims. He has additionally had all this time to replicate on his personal life and tackle the problems which have turned him into the monster that he’s however he did not. As an alternative he has lied and fabricated tales for his personal profit. He won’t ever perceive what he put my mom, sisters, kids, family members, pals and myself by way of,” Ann mentioned.
“Vyas doubtlessly spending the remainder of his life in jail is just not a punishment however a privilege, it’ll by no means be sufficient,” she mentioned.
Aman Vyas had been discovered responsible final month after a trial on the Outdated Bailey Court docket in London and convicted of the rape and homicide of Michelle Samaraweera and the rape of three different girls.
The court docket heard that the offences occurred at places throughout Walthamstow in north east London between March 2009 and Could 2009.
The court docket heard how his offence started when Aman Vyas was 24 years outdated. He would exit within the early hours of the morning in search of lone girls to focus on and lined a comparatively small space of Walthamstow, centred round Markhouse Highway.
It was established in July 2009, a month after Ms Samaraweera’s homicide, that Vyas bought a one-way ticket to India, leaving the identical day.
A manhunt commenced to search out and extradite him again to the UK.
In 2011, enquiries revealed at one stage that Vyas was in New Zealand, he then made his option to Singapore and the path went chilly.
The Metropolitan Police mentioned that it was in July 2011 that they had been knowledgeable by Indian authorities that that they had arrested Aman Vyas, an Indian nationwide, at New Delhi Airport in India as he tried to board an outbound flight.
Extradition proceedings commenced and in October 2019, Met officers escorted the defendant from Indira Gandhi Nationwide Airport in New Delhi to London’s Heathrow the place he was formally arrested and charged.
Met Police Detective Sheikh mentioned: “Regardless of having DNA from the scenes of the crimes, Vyas was not on the database and this prompted a prolonged and sophisticated investigation, which noticed greater than 1,100 DNA swabs taken and 1,815 addresses visited. We additionally issued greater than 60,500 posters displaying a picture of the suspect.
“The size of this investigation has been outstanding and the case has lasted a decade, taking our enquiries to many alternative international locations and leading to a prolonged extradition course of.”
Vyas was discovered not responsible of just one rely, that of possession of a bladed weapon.