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Edgbaston restaurant worker jailed for killing boss

Scene of the attack
Image caption Amarjit Singh Rai was stabbed in the chest and hit on the head with an iron bar

A restaurant worker who stabbed and battered his boss to death has been jailed for life after pleading guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Brazilian national Fausto Graciano, 27, who was living in Gillot Road, Edgbaston, was given a hospital order by Birmingham Crown Court.

He attacked 41-year-old Amarjit Singh Rai on the morning of 2 May 2013.

Mr Rai visited his employee because he was worried about him, police said.

Image caption Amarjit Singh Rai's family said his legacy will live on

The judge at Birmingham Crown Court told Graciano, who was working illegally in the UK, he would serve a minimum of seven and a half years for the manslaughter, but the hospital order could detain him in a mental institution indefinitely.

Mr Rai "became concerned about [Graciano's] welfare after [Graciano] tried to harm himself the previous day," said Det Sgt Mike Griffiths, from the major investigation team at West Midlands Police.

"But during the visit, whilst walking along an alleyway between the flats on Gillot Road, Graciano viciously attacked Amarjit, stabbing him in the chest before hitting him across the head with an iron bar."

A post-mortem examination determined married father-of-three Mr Rai died from multiple injuries.

His family said: "The tragic loss of Amarjit has been unbearable and our lives have been torn apart.

"He was much loved by all and died doing what he did best, which was helping others.

"No justice can replace Amarjit but knowing that Fausto Graciano has been sentenced to life imprisonment is a positive outcome not only for the family but for the community he served.

"He will always remain in our hearts and his legacy will live on."

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