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Man gets 40 years for 'savage' housemate murder

Sivan Amin Image copyright West Midlands Police
Image caption Sivan Amin was given a life sentence but had already served time for murder in Sweden

A man has been jailed for at least 40 years for stabbing his former housemate to death in a "savage" attack.

Mircea Gheorghe Cozmiuc, was stabbed at least 23 times in an attack in Carter Road, Wolverhampton, in September.

Sivan Amin, 37, of Merridale Street West, Wolverhampton, was found guilty of murder at Birmingham Crown Court.

He was given a life sentence. He had already served time in Sweden for an unrelated murder.

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Image caption Mircea Gheorghe Cozmiuc had suffered 23 stab wounds

Jurors heard the two men had lived together in a house but parted ways after Amin became jealous of Mr Cozmiuc's friendships with other men.

The court was told he ambushed his 23-year-old victim in the street where they had lived while wearing a balaclava.

He then fled in an Audi, which was later found to have Mr Cozmiuc's blood on the accelerator pedal.

Passing sentence, Judge Melbourne Inman QC described Amin as a "singularly and extraordinarily dangerous man".

'Extreme jealousy'

"You were seen to move your victim's arms out of the way in order to stab him where you aimed," he said.

"You severed both carotid arteries on each side of his neck and there were many penetrating stab wounds to his abdomen, chest and vital organs.

"The slaying arose from your very violent reaction to your extreme jealousy and feeling of betrayal."

The court heard Amin shot his first victim in the head in Sweden and was jailed in 2008, but released from prison two years ago.

He came to the UK and carried out the attack on Mr Cozmiuc on 3 September.

Det Insp Jim Munro, from West Midlands Police, said: "[This] was a savage attack where Amin had only one thought - to kill.

"He now faces a substantial period behind bars."

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