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Father and son jailed for Brixton barbecue party murder

Gabriel Morales
Image caption Gabriel Morales was attacked with knives as he lay in bed

A father and son who stabbed a man to death after a row at a party in south London have been jailed for life.

Jose Aburto-Rojas, 45, and his son Roberto, 26, were asked to leave the celebrations at a house in Brixton after rowing with Gabriel Morales.

Hours later they returned and stabbed Mr Morales, 33, to death as he lay in bed with his girlfriend.

Both Jose and Roberto, who fled abroad after the 2008 killing, were jailed at the Old Bailey for at least 20 years.

They had pleaded not guilty to murder and aggravated burglary but were both found guilty on both counts on Friday.

The court heard the two men, Chilean nationals who lived in Walworth, south London, became embroiled in a row during a birthday barbecue hosted by the victim in March 2008.

'Trivial fight'

They were asked to leave but returned at about 4am, armed with knives, and forced their way in before attacking Mr Morales.

The pair then fled to Italy and Germany.

Judge Martin Stephens said the motive behind "this cowardly and brutal attack" was not clear.

Image caption Jose and Roberto Aburto-Rojas fled to Europe

He told Jose and Roberto Aburto-Rojas: "Between you, you stabbed him three fatal blows to the chest and further stab wounds to other parts of his body.

"He died alongside his girlfriend within minutes of the attack.

"It is hard to believe that a minor incident at a birthday party earlier in the day could have provoked such extreme acts of violence."

After the sentencing, Det Insp Dave Willis said it was a "vicious and violent murder" following a "trivial fight".

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