Three brothers found guilty of murder in Acton

Image above: Osvaldo de Carvalho, murdered in Acton

Photograph and text from the Metropolitan Police

Three brothers and another man who stabbed a 22 year old man to death in Acton have been convicted of his murder.

Osvaldo de Carvalho, was killed in West Lodge Avenue W3 on the evening of 24 September 2019, following an ongoing dispute. Brothers Kamal, (23), Sukhminder, (25), and Michael, (28), Sohal were found guilty of his murder following a trial at Croydon Crown Court on Tuesday, 16 February 2021.

Reporting restrictions were imposed on the case until 12 March as two other men were still to stand trial.

On Friday 12 March at Croydon Crown Court, Antoine George, (24) was found guilty of manslaughter. Karim Azab, (25), was found not guilty of murder.

The court hear how the men and Osvaldo had been involved in an ongoing dispute. When Sukhminder and Michael met Osvaldo and two of his friends in Twyford Gardens that night they called their brother, Kamal, for support and reinforcement.

On receiving this call, Kamal grabbed a large hunting knife which he brazenly brandished as he ran along the Uxbridge Road to the scene from his home nearby.

George, who had also been in the house, went with Kamal to the scene of the dispute.

After his arrival and following a brief chase the three in the victim’s group ran from the scene; the two friends heading one way, and Osvaldo running into West Lodge Avenue.

Witnesses described him being chased by a group of men, some armed with knives. They caught up with Osvaldo, surrounded him and stabbed him, and then ran off leaving Osvaldo lying on the ground dying. The three brothers left the scene and returned to Kamal’s address.

George left the area in a car which had been parked on the driveway outside Kamal’s flat.

A post mortem examination revealed that Osvaldo had suffered multiple stab wounds, including a deep wound to his left leg which would have been caused by significant force. But the fatal wound was a stab wound to his back which was so deep it nearly passed through his body.

In a bid to cover their tracks, later that evening Michael and Sukhminder set fire to clothes they had been wearing at the time of the stabbing.

An investigation was launched by detectives from the Specialist Crime South Command, under Detective Chief Inspector Vicky Tunstall.

It was found that on the day of the murder, George and Sukhminder Sohal went to a shop in Hounslow that sold knives and purchased the weapons used and transported them to Kamal’s flat; however those weapons were never recovered.

It was with the assistance of witnesses and piecing together CCTV that police were able to trace and arrest the suspects, who were subsequently charged with murder.

DCI Tunstall, said:

“This is a particularly tragic case with Osvaldo’s family having to live with the pain of his loss. We know there had been previous hostility between these two groups and sadly that culminated in the events that unfolded that evening.

“The Sohal brothers had no qualms about arming themselves and – in Kamal’s case – running down a busy main road waving the weapon around in full view of all those around.

“They then subjected Osvaldo – who had no chance of defending himself – to a brutal and sustained attack. Osvaldo’s family, I hope, can find some comfort to their pain, knowing that these people have now been convicted.”

Details of those convicted are:

Kamal Sohal (18.07.97), of Uxbridge Road, Acton

Sukhminder Sohal (23.10.95), of Lockwood Road, Southall

Michael Sohal (26.06.92), of Lockwood Road, Southall

Antoine George, (11.02.97) of Greenhill Gardens, Northolt

All four will be sentenced at Croydon Crown Court at a later date.

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