Harjit Chaggar: Four jailed over shop basement murder

Mohammad Islam, Murshed Miah, Abdul Hannan, Rashad Miah Image copyright Kent Police
Image caption Mohammad Islam, Murshed Miah, Abdul Hannan, Rashad Miah (from left to right) were all jailed

Four men have been jailed for their roles in the murder of a grandmother who was left to die in a shop basement.

The body of Harjit Chaggar, 69, was found at the Sani Globe Food store in Chatham, Kent, on 14 September.

Mohammad Islam, 29, from Gillingham, and Murshed Miah, 38, from Maidstone, were both jailed for life and must serve a minimum of 25 years in prison.

Abdul Hannan, 45, from Maidstone, and Rasad Miah, 27, of Chatham, were both sentenced to five years in prison.

Bin bag

All four appeared before Canterbury Crown Court, where they were convicted earlier this month following an eight-week trial.

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Image caption Harjit Chaggar had been missing for 12 days before her body was found

Islam and Mershed Miah were found guilty of murdering Mrs Chaggar.

They were also found guilty of preventing Mrs Chaggar's lawful burial, along with Hannan and Rasad Miah.

Hannan was found not guilty of murder. The men denied all of the charges.

Mrs Chaggar's body was found 12 days after she was reported missing.

The trial heard her badly decomposed body was concealed in a bin bag under the floor boards of the Luton Road shop.

Her injuries were consistent with being thrown into the basement while still alive.

The motive for the murder was unclear.

Senior investigating officer Det Supt Rob Vinson said the sentences would hopefully bring some closure to Mrs Chaggar's family and friends.

"Hannan, Islam and the Miah brothers have never told us exactly what happened once Mrs Chaggar entered the rear of Sani Globe Food.

"Their wall of silence means we may never know.."

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