Two men who murdered an innocent 17-year-old Asian student in Cardiff, have each been jailed for a minimum of 40 years.
Ben Hope, 39, and Jason Richards, 38, had been paid £1000 each to murder an Asian businessman who allegedly owed money to a unscrupulous businessmen.
The ‘contract’ however, went wrong when the pair – both of whom were high on cocaine – went to the wrong address in Roath, Cardiff, and targeted Aamir Siddiqi instead.
The judge at Swansea Crown Court, Mr Justice Royce, described the killers as “staggeringly incompetent” and said “few would shed a tear if they did in jail”.
Justice Royce added he had no choice but to “significantly increase” the minimum term of 30 years the prosecution had asked for given the horrific nature of the killing.
Aamir’s mother and father Parveen and Iqbal were also stabbed in the frenzied attack inside the family’s £500,000 home.
The A-Level student had been awaiting the arrival of his Imam for a Koran lesson when Hope and Richards came calling.
The judge described Aamir as a “bright, gentle and courteous boy who was much loved by his family”.
After sentencing, Umbareen Siddiqi, Aamir’s sister, said: “On behalf of the family, we’re delighted. We feel this sentence is appropriate.
“Our brother won’t return to us but this will go some way to achieving peace for all of us.
Hope and Richards both denied murdering Aamir and the attempted murder of his parents but were convicted unanimously of all charges.
A jury found them guilty last Friday after a four-and-a-half month trial.