Man jailed for kidnap and murder following police investigation
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A police investigation has led to a man being convicted and jailed for the kidnap and murder of a 53-year-old man.
Daryoush Kholghnik, 34, was convicted on Friday (24 November) of the kidnap and murder of Tala Tala following an incident in the Braunstone area of Leicester during the evening of Thursday 23 March this year. He was also convicted of two counts of blackmail.
A second man, Talib Mombeini, 38, had previously pleaded guilty to the kidnap of Mr Tala. Following the trial at Leicester Crown Court, Mombeini was found guilty of the manslaughter of Mr Tala. Mombeini was found not guilty of murder.
Today (Monday), at the same court, Kholghnik was sentenced to life imprisonment to serve a minimum of 31 years.
Mombeini was sentenced to 18 years imprisonment.
Daryoush Kholghnik (left) and Talib Mombeini
Kholghnik and Mombeini, both of Vaughan Way, Leicester, had kidnapped Mr Tala in the Braunstone area of Leicester at around 11.30pm on 23 March this year driving him away in his own car.
Mr Tala suffered multiple stab wound injuries. Calls were then made to people known to Mr Tala throughout the following morning demanding money in order for the victim to be provided with medical help.
A police investigation led to Mr Tala being found deceased in a property in Harrow Road, Leicester, on the afternoon of Friday 24 March this year.
It is believed the attack followed a money scam which Mr Tala had previously used to obtain money from Kholghnik and Mombeini.
The trial heard how police had received a call during the morning of Friday 24 March reporting concern for the safety of Mr Tala. Enquiries found two people had received messages from Mr Tala’s phone demanding money in order for Mr Tala to not be brought to further harm.
This led to an immediate investigation being launched to safely locate Mr Tala. Enquiries led police to the Harrow Road area at around 3.30pm that day where Mr Tala’s car was found. The car had blood on both the interior and exterior of the vehicle.
Forced entry was gained to a property on the road by police where Mr Tala was found with severe injuries including to his head, torso and limbs.
First aid was provided by officers but sadly Mr Tala was pronounced deceased at 4.20pm. A post mortem examination found Mr Tala had suffered more than 190 cuts to his body, this included 17 stab wounds.
Kholghnik was in the address at the time of police entering and was arrested at the scene.
Mombeini had previously left the property but was arrested three days later when officers carrying out enquiries in Vaughan Way, Leicester, recognised him as a suspect in the investigation.
The investigation by the East Midlands Special Operations Unit Murder Investigation Team led to the previous movements of the defendants and victim being identified as well as previous contact which they had made with each other. Footage found during the investigation included CCTV of Mr Tala’s car being driven at the time of the kidnap and swerving along the road.
The investigation led to Kholghnik being charged on Monday 27 March with Mombeini being charged two days later on Wednesday 29 March.
Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Mark Sinski said: “The torture and harm that was inflicted upon Mr Tala is absolutely horrific. My thoughts are very much with his family who have had to hear the extremely distressing detail of what happened to their loved one and who will have to live with this for the rest of their lives. I thank them for their bravery and cooperation with us and hope that these verdicts do help them in some small way.
“Investigating the kidnap and murder of Mr Tala involved complex enquiries and I am also extremely grateful to all officers and staff involved in both the response to the initial incident and the investigation which followed in order to ensure that those responsible were quickly brought before the court."