Batley man sentenced to life in prison after assaulting and killing a man with a hammer

A Batley man has been jailed for life after being convicted of murder.

Abdul Kapde, aged 49, of Highfield Court, Batley was found guilty by a jury following a five-day trial at Leeds Crown Court, and was given a life sentence with a minimum term of 14 years in prison on Tuesday.

The incident happened on 3 January this year after 46-year-old Firoz Ibrahim Pargakar was discovered with a serious head injury at his home in Highfield Court in Batley.

Mr Pargakar was assaulted by Abdul Kapde with a hammer, and was rushed to hospital, but sadly died as a result of his injuries on 24 February.

Kapde approached police on the day of the incident to admit what he had done and was arrested and subsequently charged with murder.

On the incident, Detective Superintendent Nicola Bryar, of the Homicide and Major Enquiry team said: “This was a violent and sustained attack on Mr Pargarkar and the injuries he sustained were catastrophic.

“The defendant and victim were friends of many years and their disagreement stemmed from a £20,000 debt which was owed to Kapde for the sale of his house.

“We welcome the sentence which has been handed to Kapde and hope that this brings some closure and comfort to the family and loved ones of Mr Pargarkar.”

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