Knifeman guilty of murdering Bugsy Malhi in Bentilee street attack
KILLER Lee Shaw has been found guilty of murdering a man in a violent street attack.
The 34-year-old stabbed Dalbagh Singh Malhi four times with a kitchen knife in Bentilee, in the early hours of May 13 last year.
Shaw had denied murdering 29-year-old Mr Malhi claiming he had been attacked first and he acted in self defence.
During his trial, he claimed to have no memory of stabbing Mr Malhi, of Beverley Drive, Bentilee, and even said he was not aware he was holding a knife when the altercation happened.
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But the jury did not believe his story, and yesterday took less than three hours to find him guilty following a two-week trial at Stafford Crown Court.
Following the verdict, Laura Jones, Senior Crown Prosecutor for West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), said: "The defendant's argument that he acted in self defence has been dismissed by the jury. Shaw purposely attacked Mr Malhi in an unprovoked and violent way, whereby he took his life with multiple stab wounds. This is a tragic case where, through the mindless actions of one person, another person has lost their life. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Mr Malhi and hope that Shaw's conviction in some way helps bring this tragic case to a close."
Shaw, of Community Drive, Smallthorne, had been drinking and taking drugs at a party in Wellfield Road, Bentilee, in the hours before the attack.
The jury was told he was 'wound up' because a taxi he had booked to take him home had left without him.
Mr Malhi – who was known as Bugsy – was with his friend Matthew Poole, heading to a friend's house, when Shaw shouted racist abuse before attacking him.
He received a fatal 13cm-deep wound to the chest which penetrated his heart. He was pronounced dead a short time after the attack, which happened at around 12.45am.
After stabbing his victim, Shaw went back inside the house, left the murder weapon in the kitchen sink and fled out of the back door and under a garden fence.
He was arrested at a friend's house in Ball Green the following night.
Detective Inspector Sarah Wainwright, from Staffordshire Police's Major Investigation Department, welcomed the verdict.
She said: "This was a tragic outcome to what should have been an ordinary Saturday night out.
"Shaw was armed with a knife and did not hesitate to use it. He then calmly left the scene.
"A detailed police investigation was launched and a solid file of evidence presented to the Crown Prosecution Service.
"The conviction is to be welcomed and I hope it brings some comfort to the family and friends of Mr Malhi."
Following the verdict, Judge Simon Tonking adjourned the case to allow him to consider the appropriate minimum term that Shaw should serve before being considered for release.