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Jagdev Singh Rai jailed for murder of Jasbir Singh Bains in West Bromwich

Jagdev Singh Rai
Image caption Jagdev Singh Rai was handed a minimum term of 27 years

A man has been jailed for life for slitting his friend's throat and dumping his body in a lake.

Jagdev Singh Rai, 44, of West Bromwich, was convicted of murdering Jasbir Singh Bains, 41 at Wolverhampton Crown Court.

Mr Bains was found floating in a lake in Dartmouth Park, West Bromwich in November 2012.

Mr Rai, also known as Jamie, was sentenced to a minimum term of 27 years. He had denied the murder but was convicted on Thursday.

'Complex' investigation

West Midlands Police said that towards the end of his life Mr Bains was a homeless alcoholic who had relied on Mr Rai for support.

Speaking after the verdict, Det Insp Warren Hines said Mr Rai, of Salisbury Road, had been secretly plotting a "perfect murder... out of sight of the public and away from any CCTV cameras".

Mr Hines said the investigation had been "complex" and police had built up evidence over many months.

"He denied the murder from day one but I'm glad the jury saw through his lies and that this cold-blooded killer is facing a lengthy period of imprisonment," he said.

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