Two teenage killers serving life sentences for the murder of a grandfather during a raid on his home in Kempston have had their appeal bids rejected by top judges.
Hameedur Rahman and Muhammed Rashed were found guilty, along with a third teenager, Courtney Glynn, of stabbing pensioner Sharif Demirsay to death at his bungalow.
Rahman, 16, of Iddesleigh Road, Bedford, was ordered to serve at least 19 years behind bars, while Rashed, 18, of Trinity Road, Bedford, was handed a minimum term of 22 years at Luton Crown Court in April.
Glynn, 19, from Kempston, was jailed for at least 27 years.
Rahman today launched a bid to clear his name and challenged the length of his minimum term at London’s Criminal Appeal Court, while Rashed challenged his sentence.
But their appeals were dismissed by three of the country’s most senior judges, who ruled that Rahman’s conviction was safe and that neither of their sentences were ‘excessive’.
The youths murdered Mr Demirsay to get their hands on gold, worth between £5,000 and £6,000, which they knew was in the home he shared with his wife.
Wearing hoods to cover their faces, they went to the bungalow on May 14, 2013 and banged on the door.
When the 65-year-old answered they forced their way inside and stabbed him repeatedly, fatally wounding him through his heart.
His wife, Parshini Salhotra, tried to protect him by hitting one of the attackers with a vacuum cleaner, but she was stabbed in the arm.
Lady Justice Hallett, sitting with Mr Justice Openshaw and Mr Justice Jeremy Baker, rejected the appeals by Rahman and Rashed.