Would-be gangster convicted of triple murder

PUBLISHED: 18:19 06 August 2008 | UPDATED: 16:26 05 May 2010

A WOULD-BE gangster was today (Wednesday) convicted of the cold-blooded slaughter of three men in an underworld revenge attack. Miran Thakrar, who dressed in Versace suits and spoke like the rapper Tupac, massacred the men on a living room floor with a su

A WOULD-BE gangster was today (Wednesday) convicted of the cold-blooded slaughter of three men in an underworld revenge attack.

Miran Thakrar, who dressed in Versace suits and spoke like the rapper Tupac, massacred the men on a living room floor with a sub-machine gun after a drug deal had gone wrong.

Keith Cowell, 52, his son Matthew, 17, and Tony Dulieu, 33, were lined up and shot because Miran had been supplied with poor quality cocaine in a £16,000 deal.

A fourth man - Ian Jennings, 32 - who had brought a second deal worth £30,000 to the Cowells' home in Plaw Hatch Close, Bishop Stortford, escaped by hiding in the garden when Miran, 24, of no address and his brother Kevan, 21, of Lomond Way, Stevenage allegedly burst in on the evening of August 28 last year.

In an attempt to silence witnesses it is alleged Jennings' mother Christine, 54, was shot in the toe and knifed and Matthew Cowell's girlfriend Claire Evans, 23, was stabbed eight times after the Mac 10 sub-machine gun had run out of ammunition, St Albans Crown Court was told.

Claire was frantically protecting her three-year-old daughter Courtney under a duvet in a bedroom as knife blows rained down on her back and head.

The Cowells' Staffordshire puppy called Gorgeous was the first to be killed. Miran was to later say he had wasted a bullet on the dog.

Prosecutor Stuart Trimmer QC said Miran Thakrar, who was known as Mike, was linked to the murder scene by blood found at the house and a knife discovered at the home he shared with his Ugandan Asian father and Scottish mother in Stevenage. Miran was said to have worked at his father's night club in Stevenage.

Miran Thakrar, 24, denied three counts of murder but was convicted by the jury by 11 to 0.

The jury has still to return verdicts against other defendants.

Kevan Thakrar, 21, denies three charges of murder and, with his brother Miran, denies the attempted murders of Claire Evans and Christine Jennings and having an Ingram Mac 10 sub-machine gun with intent.

Their brother Jay Thakrar, 25, of Lomond Way, Stevenage denied two counts of assisting an offender.

Their father Atul Thakrar, 47, of Compton Place, Northwood, Middlesex pleaded not guilty to assisting Kevan Thakrar to attempt to leave the UK.

Miran's girlfriend Amanda Dansie, 21, of High Street, Buntingford, pleaded not guilty to assisting in the escape of Miran Thakrar from the UK.

Yilay Tufensoy, 20, of Nags Head Road, Enfield, denied two charges of assisting an offender.

The jury that has been out for 44 hours and 30 minutes will return to consider the other verdicts tomorrow (Thursday).

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