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Man found guilty in taxi driver murder trial

PUBLISHED: 14:32 28 May 2008 | UPDATED: 09:47 23 August 2010

A 21-YEAR-OLD man has been found guilty of murdering a taxi driver by running him over with his own cab. Luke Aujila, who admitted the manslaughter of Gian Chand Bajar, 71, was convicted of his murder on Wednesday. There was little reaction from Aujila

A 21-YEAR-OLD man has been found guilty of murdering a taxi driver by running him over with his own cab.

Luke Aujila, who admitted the manslaughter of Gian Chand Bajar, 71, was convicted of his murder on Wednesday.

There was little reaction from Aujila as the jury of seven men and five women returned a 10-2 majority verdict at Maidstone Crown Court.

Father-of-five Gian Chand Bajar was killed in Gravesend on May 23 last year after dropping of Aujila at St Benedict's Avenue.

The driver was punched and ran over as he lay injured in the street before the taxi was dumped and set on fire. He died later in hospital.

After the verdict outside court the Bajar family issued a joint statement, saying: "We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the police and investigating team led by Mr Atkinson for their exceptional efforts and hard work to catch the perpetrators involved in our father's murder.

"We appreciate the skill, diligence and professionalism they have displayed both during and after our father's murder investigation.

"We would also like to thank the local community, including the taxi drivers' and many, many ordinary members of the local community for their support, kind words and best wishes throughout this difficult period."

It took the jury 13 hours and 14 minutes to reach a verdict. Sentencing is due to take place on Thursday morning.

His mother Annette Aujila, of Dorchester Road, Gravesend, and his brother Thomas Aujila, of Gordon Road, Gravesend are due to be sentenced on Friday for perverting the course of justice.

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