HMA v LEE ANDERSON

On 26 September 2013 at the High Court in Glasgow Judge Murphy QC sentenced Lee Anderson to 15 years imprisonment after he was found guilty of the culpable homicide of Javaid Akbar Ali in Paisley on 15 June 2012.

On sentencing Judge Murphy made the following statement in court:

“You have been convicted of causing the death of Javaid Akbar Ali in his own business premises at a time when he was working there alone.  While the full circumstances are not entirely clear, it is apparent that you were attempting to steal from him at the time.  It is also clear that you had carried a knife to the premises and that you were prepared to use it when confronted by Mr Ali.  Local shopkeepers provide an important service to their local communities and the court must act to protect them from criminal acts of this sort.  The deceased was a popular and respected local figure who had clearly carried out acts of kindness towards his customers by providing them with credit and loans at times when they were hard up.  His death is not only a grave loss to his own family but also to the local community which he served.

Once again it appears that addiction to Class A drugs underlies the commission of a serious crime.  Once again the carrying and use of a knife by a young man in our community has had terrible consequences.  Your addiction to hard drugs has brought about these events.  You have a very serious previous conviction in the High Court for an offence of violence.  I take into account that the rest of your record is of little significance and that you did not offend in a serious way between your release from that High Court sentence and the commission of the present offence.  Nevertheless, for the reasons I mentioned a few moments ago only a substantial custodial sentence is appropriate in this case.

You will go to prison for a period of fifteen years which will be backdated to run from 7 November 2012.”