Hatfield man sentenced for murder after stabbing in Welwyn Garden City
PUBLISHED: 11:56 09 July 2018 | UPDATED: 17:34 09 July 2018
A Hatfield man was sentenced for murder this morning (July 9) while two others were also sent to prison for manslaughter following a stabbing in Welwyn Garden City.
Daniel Frazer-Traille, 30, of Jasmine Gardens, was given a life sentence, with a minimum term of 23 years in prison, after he was found guilty of stabbing Jamil Sarki in the Ethelred Close area of town on January 18.
He was also given five years for attempted GBH, to run concurrently.
His brother Vinnie Bradshaw, 19, of Bassingburn Walk, and 35-year-old Keith Coventry of The Close, Chingford, were found guilty of manslaughter and attempted GBH.
Coventry was given seven years’ prison, while Bradshaw was given four years in a young offender institution.
Summing up the “senseless killing”, judge Andrew Bright QC said Bradshaw had travelled to London with a friend that day and stolen £2,900 as part of a scam, following which Mr Sarki, 23, and a friend went to WGC to recover the money.
When Bradshaw became aware that the pair were getting close, he decided he would not be returning the cash, and got his mother to call his brother, Frazer-Traille.
Frazer-Traille and Coventry, who were at Hatfield’s Galleria together at the time, then drove to Bassingburn Walk, where they lay in wait for Mr Sarki and his friend.
As they approached, Frazer-Traille and Coventry confronted them, and Frazer-Traille stabbed Sarki in the heart and twice on the arm, the court heard.
His friend and passersby tried to help Mr Sarki but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The judge said the murder weapon has never been found and there was no clear evidence of what happened to it.
He told Frazer-Traille that he accepted his intention was to cause serious bodily harm, not to kill Mr Sarki, but added his decision to return to Bassingburn Walk was motivated by a “misguided desire” to protect Bradshaw.
Sentencing Coventry, the judge said his involvement was linked to a “misguided sense of loyalty”, but said he was of previous good character with no former convictions.
He was also described in “glowing terms” in reports of his time on remand.
Summing up Coventry’s role, the judge added: “You joined Daniel Frazer-Traille in confronting Sarki and his friend, knowing he [Frazer-Traille] had a knife. You also chased after them.”
Mr Sarki’s friend had initially claimed there was only one knife involved, before later saying there were two, and the judge said Coventry was being sentenced on the judgement that he was unarmed.
Judge Bright then told Bradshaw that it was his determination to hold onto the money taken earlier that day that led to the confrontation.
But he added: “You took no part in the act itself and you might not have known your brother was intending to confront them with a knife.”
He said that made his level of culpability significantly lower, as his role was to be on-hand to lend assistance if needed.
During the sentencing on Monday, July 9, judge Bright read out a statement from Mr Sarki’s father, which described him as “our dawn, hope and inspiration for the future”.
“The death of Jamil has had a devastating effect on me,” said his father, who lives abroad. “I do not know how or when I will be able to overcome the pain the death has caused me.”
In a statement, Mr Sarki’s mother told the court: “From the moment he was born he brought joy to me and the rest of the family.
“Jamil was our only hope for the future and his life was cut short just like that.”
She said he worked hard to make everyone happy, and had gained a degree in mechanical engineering in 2016.
His sister said he was the only man living in a single-parent household, and was the “perfect example” of how to treat women around him.
She also said that Mr Sarki was an amazing person and role model, adding: “I have not only lost my only sibling, but my best friend as well.”
Detective inspector Phil Moss said that while nothing will make up for the loss of Jamil, he hopes that his family feel that some sort of justice has been served.
“The tragic way in which Jamil lost his life highlights the dangers that carrying a knife can bring, and I hope that it makes anyone who might be tempted to carry a knife think differently about doing so,” he said.