Police have charged three men who were arrested following the death of Leicester jeweller Ramniklal Jogiya and have confirmed the arrest of a seventh man in relation to the murder.
Thomas Jervis, 23, of Enderby Road, Whetstone, 20-year-old Charles Frances Mcauley, of Gooding Avenue, Leicester, and Callan Reeve, 19, of Aylmer Road, Leicester, have been charged with the kidnap and robbery of Mr Jogiya.
All three appeared at Leicester Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Wednesday 31 January).
Murder detectives continue to question three other men, aged 18, 20 and 22, who were arrested on suspicion of kidnap and murder.
The seventh man was arrested yesterday evening. He is a 29-year-old from Leicester and has also been arrested on suspicion of kidnap and murder.
74-year-old, Ramniklal Jogiya’s body was found on Gaulby Lane, Stoughton, on Thursday (25 January) after he was reported missing by his family when he failed to return home from his jewellery shop on Belgrave Road.
Mr Jogiya was a married father of three sons who lived in the Belgrave area. He was due to retire from his jewellery shop business soon.
The investigation is moving at pace. However, detectives still want to hear from anyone who has information about the 74-year-old’s death – no matter how insignificant the detail may appear to be.
Mr Jogiya’s family have urged the public to come forward with information. They issued a statement saying: “Ramniklal was a loyal, gentle man who was passionate about his family.
“He was a doting husband, father, grandad, brother and uncle, who loved nothing more than spending time with his family, whether it be sharing food, watching the cricket or catching up with his favourite Asian TV serials with his wife.”
“Our family has been left devastated. Our close knit family has lost a great man. We keep reliving what happened to him and we’re deeply saddened and hurt.”
“If you know what happened to Ramniklal, we would urge you contact the police. Nothing can bring him back but the people responsible need to be caught.”
Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to £10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.
Anyone with information about the murder can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or call Leicestershire Police on 101.