Life In Jail For Murder

39 year old Andrew Smith (see picture) from Leicester will serve at least 22 years.

Nitu Babu Das (23) died following a single stab wound to the heart after an incident in Loughborough last July.

Nitu had been taken to Loughborough's Walk in Clinic on Pinfold gate around 2:45am on Monday July 26 - for treatment to a stab wound after he and a group of friends had been involved in an altercation outside a house on Cartwright Street.

They were chased by Andrew Smith who attacked Nitu - who died after being treated by paramedics.

Smith of Cartwright Street, Leicester was found guilty of murder at Coventry Crown Court.

A further defendant was acquitted of Nitu’s murder and perverting the course of justice.

Detective Chief Inspector Neil Castle, who led the investigation team, paid tribute to Nitu’s family and the investigation team who worked on the enquiry.

He said: "They have been needlessly robbed of any kind of future with him and nothing will ever be the same for them. Nitu’s murder has had a devastating impact on his family and they have had to go through the further ordeal of losing their other son, Raj, some three months later in a road traffic collision.

“I know that this has been difficult for Nitu’s family to sit through but we hope that today’s result will help them to move forward. I’d like to thank them personally for all the assistance they gave us throughout the investigation and also the support the local Muslim and Hindu communities provided to the family and the police.