A man has been sentenced for manslaughter after the body of a man was found next to a burnt-out vehicle in Ilford.
Adil Mahmood, 37 (16.08.1980) of London Road, Mitcham, was sentenced to eight-and-a-half years’ imprisonment after pleading guilty to the manslaughter of 54-year-old Hassaman Ettakkal at the Old Bailey on Tuesday, 16 January.
He also pleaded guilty to arson and for this offence, he was sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment to run concurrently.
In handing down these sentences, the judge made a hospital direction under section 45a of the Mental Health Act so he can continue to receive hospital treatment.
Mahmood previously pleaded guilty to both counts on Wednesday, 29 November and these pleas were accepted by the prosecution.
The court heard how on 29 May, London Fire Brigade were called at around 05:45hrs to reports of a car on fire in a car park in Castleton Road, Ilford.
At the scene in an area of garages behind flats, they found a black BMW 1 Series alight and a man laying on the ground unresponsive around five feet away from the car.
The man was wearing only boxer shorts and had no burns; he appeared to have been dragged from the vehicle before the fire.
The man - later identified as Hassaman Ettakkal, 54 and from Dagenham - was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police and London Ambulance Service were called the scene and the Homicide and Major Crime Command (HMCC) launched an investigation.
A post mortem examination on Tuesday, 30 May, gave cause of death as blunt force trauma that had caused a ruptured spleen.
Enquires revealed that the burnt-out BMW had false registration plates and had been used by local homeless people.
Following extensive enquiries and analysis of CCTV, Mahmood was indentified as a suspect and arrested in Croydon on Sunday, 4 June. The motive for the attack is not known.
On Tuesday, 6 June, Mahmood was charged with the murder and arson with intent to endanger life.
DI Michael Dougall, who led the investigation, said: “This sentence reflects the seriousness of the offences Mahmood has committed and takes into consideration his guilty plea coupled with the professional medical treatment he needs.”