Three men have been convicted today for their part in the death of 40-year-old Promise Ndlovu in Leicester.
Promise was found dead by a member of the public in Charter Street last October, the morning after he’d met a group of men at a nearby building to finalise a business deal over land.
A murder investigation was launched and the movements of those believed to be involved were tracked from Leicester to London, and back, with enquiries culminating with arrests in Wales.
After a seven week trial at Nottingham Crown Court, three men have been convicted of a series of crimes:
Kehar Hayer, 56, of Spencefield Lane and Kuldeep Singh, 37, of Westover Road, were found guilty of manslaughter. Ramandeep Dhaliwal, 34, was found guilty of conspiracy to falsely imprison and pervert the course of justice.
Promise had arranged to meet Dhaliwal and Hayer at the Kapital Building in Charter Street, on the evening of 28 October to exchange money as part of an alleged deal to buy land.
But before attending the meeting, Promise left a note with a friend asking it to be passed on to his wife if ‘anything was to happen’ to him. On that note were the names ‘Raman’, ‘Uncl Singh’ later identified as Dhaliwal and Hayer – and a telephone number for one of the men.
Police found that during the meeting there was a disagreement after one party tried to pay with ‘funny money’ – blank pieces of paper they claimed would turn into valid currency if a mix of chemicals was poured on it.
This led to Dhaliwal travelling to London to collect more cash but he returned empty handed, claiming he had been robbed at gunpoint.
Hayer, who had stayed in Leicester throughout the evening, believed Promise was somehow involved in this robbery, and detained him inside the Kapital Building. Kuldeep Singh was also inside the building.
Promise’s body was found by a member of the public at about 8.30am on 29 October. Dhaliwal and Hayer were at the scene and attempted to complete CPR on him, even though they knew he was dead. It’s argued that this was in an attempt to cover their involvement in the death.
When Police arrived, Dhaliwal and Hayer‘s accounts of what happened did not seem to match and they were arrested.
Detective Chief Inspector David Swift-Rollinson said: “Promise went to the Kapital Building that day for a business meeting, but did not know that fateful meet would result in his death.”
“Following the discovery of his body, a complex and lengthy investigation ensued which led teams across the country as they pieced together the movements of the men who were in the building that night.”
“Extensive phone investigation work was conducted which put those convicted in the same place at the same time, with vehicles being tracked travelling from Leicester to London, and back, and onto Wales where a number of arrests were made.”
“After being arrested, they lied to police, trying to cover their tracks and separate themselves from any involvement in the deal or their proper connections to Promise.”
“We will never exactly know what happened that night in the Kapital Building, and while the convictions won’t bring Promise back, I hope the verdicts today are of some comfort to his wife Christina.”
The three men will be sentenced in the new year.