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Sharif Demirsay murder appeals thrown out

Sharif Demirsay Image copyright Bedfordshire Police
Image caption Sharif Demirsay died from a stab wound to the heart at his home in Kempston

Two teenagers serving life sentences for the murder of a grandfather have had appeal bids rejected by London's Criminal Appeal Court.

Hameedur Rahman, 16, and Muhammed Rashed, 18, were found guilty of stabbing Sharif Demirsay at his home in Kempston, Bedfordshire, in 2013.

Rahman launched a bid to clear his name and both challenged their sentences.

Three appeal court judges ruled Rahman's conviction was safe and neither jail term was "excessive".

Sharif Demirsay, 65, was killed during a raid on his bungalow on 14 May.

The teenagers, who are both from Bedford were found guilty of murder at Luton Crown Court in April, along with a third teenager, Courtney Glynn, 19, from Kempston.

Rahman had been ordered to serve at least 19 years behind bars, while Rashed was handed a minimum term of 22 years.

Glynn was jailed for at least 27 years.

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Image caption Glynn, Rashed and Rahman were found guilty at Luton Crown Court

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