A jury has today found Daniel Rogers guilty of the murder of Bedford taxi driver Mehar Dhariwal.
Rogers was sentenced to life sentence at Luton Crown Court, and required to serve a minimum of 25 years in prison.
Following the trial Detective Chief Inspector Sean O’Neil from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit (BCHMCU) said:
“Mehar Dhariwal was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle who was cruelly taken from his family by the violent behaviour of Daniel Rogers who will spend the 25 years in prison for his actions.
“This was a tragic death of a taxi driver working hard and offering a service to the public.
“The attack on him was unprovoked and considerable.
“Mr Dhariwal had merely asked for a taxi fare to be paid in advance. Before he died of his serious injuries Mr Dhariwal still had sympathy for Rogers and did not want his own family to know that he had been attacked while doing the job he loved.
“Rogers may not have meant to kill but he did, and now Mr Dhariwal’s family have to live every day without him.
“I hope that the knowledge that the person responsible has been brought to justice will go some way in helping them begin to rebuild their lives.”
Mr Dhariwal was attacked by Rogers on January 22 at around 5am in the front office of AGS Taxis on St Peter’s Street where he worked.
But he did not tell his family about the incident and a week later died of his injuries at his home in Kempston.
The family Mehar Dhariwal also issued a statement following the result of the court case which reads: “While this sentence will never bring dad back, we are happy that justice has been done.
“We want him to be remembered as the people person that he was. He loved being out and about in the community meeting people every day – firstly as a bus driver for 35 years and then as a taxi driver.
“Our dad loved his family more than anything in the world. He leaves behind a loving wife, three sons, three daughter-in-laws and four grandchildren who have found it difficult to cope without him and who miss him very much.
“We would like to thank everyone - family, friends and those who have fond memories of our dad, for all the support and help that has been offered since his death. All that we ask is that our dad is remembered for the man that he was.”
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