Bristol man Barach Bandavad sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Judith Ege in Horfield last year

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By matt_2009 | Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 08:47

Barach Bandavad was yesterday (Tuesday January 29) been sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 22 years, for the murder of Judith Ege in Horfield in June last year.

Bandavad pleaded not guilty to the murder following an incident in which he stabbed Judith to death outside his home.

The jury at Bristol Crown court found him guilty of the crime and a judge sentenced him to life behind bars.

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Crisp said: "The verdict passed on Barach Bandavad brings to end a lengthy investigation into a violent and unprovoked crime.

"On Saturday June the 30th of last year, Judith Ege went to Bandavad's address in Horfield to retrieve her step daughter's belongings. Without warning, he violently attacked her and made off from the scene.

"This resulted in a large scale police search to find him and the weapon he used to commit this crime.

"Despite eventually handing himself in, he continued to deny responsibility which brought further grief to Judith's family.

"His conduct contrasts sharply with the dignity and restraint shown by Judith's family throughout these proceedings.

"Today the jury found him guilty of murder. The sentence rightly reflects the severity of the crime and should serve as a deterrent to anyone who might carry a knife as a weapon.

"All of us should be grateful to those residents of Horfield and the surrounding area who stepped forward to give evidence of what they saw - without such people performing this duty we would be unable to bring offenders like Bandavad to justice."

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