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Pair jailed for murder of brothel guard Carlos Oliveria

From left: Jordean Franklin Thomas and Marcio Manuel Fernandes Dos Santos
Image caption The pair stabbed guard Carlos Oliveria after robbing a brothel

Two men have been jailed for life for the murder of a brothel guard who was stabbed to death in north London.

Jordean Franklin Thomas, 19, and Marcio Manuel Fernandes Dos Santos, 20, attacked Carlos Oliveria in Watling Avenue, Burnt Oak, in July last year.

Mr Oliveria, 27, who lived in Burnt Oak, was stabbed in the heart following a robbery at the brothel he guarded.

Thomas, of Mill Hill, and Dos Santos, of Colindale, were each jailed for a minimum term of 25 years.

Both Thomas, of University Close, and Dos Santos, of Warmwell Avenue, were also found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

Image caption Carlos Oliveria was stabbed in the heart

Dos Santos was additionally convicted of robbery, a crime Thomas had previously admitted.

The killers were given concurrent sentences, adding up to 10 years, for the robbery and causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

Judge Timothy Pontius told them: "This case illustrates all too clearly how easily what began as a plan simply to rob became in a matter of seconds one of horrifying and fatal tragedy."

Mr Oliveria, from Brazil, was working at the brothel to make money to support his family who were in his home country.

Another guard was attacked during the robbery at the brothel above the parade of shops, but he later recovered.

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