LONDON: An Indian national 36-year old Aman Vyas was sentenced here at Croydon Crown Court on Thursday, 20 August, to life in prison. He was recommended to serve 37 years, less time already served in custody, both in England and in India, making his time to serve from sentencing as 34 years 312 days.
He was also sentenced as follows: For grievous bodily harm with intent: 14 years; for the rape of a woman: 16 years and five months; for the rape of a second woman: 18-and-a-half years; for the rape of a third woman: 18-and-a-half years; for the rape of Michelle: 18-and-a-half years.
All these sentences are to run concurrent with the sentence for murder. Vyas had been found guilty on Thursday, 30 July after a trial at the Old Bailey.
He was convicted of the rape and murder of Michelle Samaraweera and the rape of three other women. The offences took place at locations across Walthamstow between 24 March 2009 and 30 May 2009. In addition to being found guilty of murdering Michelle, Vyas was found guilty of one count of section 18 grievous bodily harm with intent.
Metropolitan Police have reported that the court heard how his offending began when Vyas was 24 years old. He would go out in the early hours of the morning looking for lone women to target; he covered a relatively small area of Walthamstow, centred around Markhouse Road. The first incident happened in the early hours of 24 March, 2009.
It is pertinent to mention here that the Indian authorities helped their British counterparts in arresting and handing over Aman Vyas in India to ensure that the justice should be done with the victims.