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Monday, 21 December 2015

Man Found Guilty Of Killing Mechanic In Row Over Repairs

Dwayne King, 30, stabbed Granville Thomas in the chest during a heated argument



A MAN who stabbed a mechanic in a row over work costs has been jailed for 12 years.

Dwayne King, 30, was last week found guilty of stabbing 55-year-old Granville Thomas, of Harrow, in the chest during a heated argument on Monday, June 29.

He was charged with murder but was found guilty of manslaughter after admitting that he used the knife in self-defence.

Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh, of Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: "Sadly, it would seem that the origins of the dispute that led to Granville Thomas being killed was something as trivial as the repairs of a vehicle.

"Granville Thomas lost his life and now King will send a considerable period of time in custody as a result. I hope that today's verdict brings some degree of comfort to Granville Thomas' family and friends."

The court heard that King, of no fixed address, was working as a mechanic in Ranelagh Road in Harlesden, northeast London, and Granville, known as 'Rat' or 'Blacks', carried out car repairs on the roadside.

In April, Blacks was asked to repair a Vauxhall Astra, which he took to King's workplace.

The car owner was unhappy with the work, and the pair argued over the cost King was charging Thomas to repair it at his garage.

King refused to let Granville take the Vauxhall Astra until he paid the money they agreed sparking a furious row.

Police were called at about 6.30pm to reports of a disturbance a courtyard near to garages in a courtyard.

Officers and London Ambulance Service attended the scene and found Granville suffering from a stab wound to the chest. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers spoke to King who revealed he was the person who called the emergency services and also admitted stabbing Granville but only in self-defence.

He was arrested and later charged with murder.

Voice UK

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