Letchworth man convicted of 'horrific' stabbing murder jailed for minimum of 12 years

A MAN has today (Monday) been found guilty of the murder of 48-year-old Antonio Samuels in Letchworth GC who died after being stabbed 45 times. The jury found 41-year-old Emmanuel Igwegbe, from Parkfield in Letchworth GC, guilty by unanimous verdict. He h

A MAN has today (Monday) been found guilty of the murder of 48-year-old Antonio Samuels in Letchworth GC who died after being stabbed 45 times.

The jury found 41-year-old Emmanuel Igwegbe, from Parkfield in Letchworth GC, guilty by unanimous verdict. He has been sentenced to life imprisonment with a 12-year minimum term.

St Albans Crown Court heard how Mr Samuels and Igwegbe lodged at the same premises.

The two men often rowed and Mr Samuels was stabbed after asking his fellow lodger to do some cleaning.

The incident was investigated by the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit. Det Chief Insp David Cestaro said after the trial ended: "This has been an extremely traumatic time for Antonio's family. No one should lose a family member in these circumstances but I know that today's verdict has been of considerable solace to them.

"This was an horrific attack ending in front of a number of Antonio's neighbours and the jury has come to the right decision.

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"I'd like to thank the investigating team, forensic team and the Crown Prosecution Service for their respective determination to pursue the charge of murder."

Once the verdict had been announced, Mrs Samuels' sister and brother, Maria and Nick, said: "On April 24, 2009 our world stood still. On this day our lives changed forever. Our family lost a son, brother, uncle and friend. We have now sat through a trial and have had to hear the full details of what happened to Tony on that day and his final moments.

"We pray to God that our parents never learn the true extent of what that man did to their son. Regardless of the outcome, nothing will bring Tony back, he is gone forever and all we are left with is memories and a grave.

"We can only hope that no other family will ever have to suffer and endure what we have at the hands of that man. Pass me not my Lord, I weep so hard, somewhere there is a god.

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