Peterborough father-in-law murderer gets life in jail

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Abbas Burhanpurwala
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Abbas Burhanpurwala flagged down officers outside the house, police said

A man from Cambridgeshire who stabbed his father-in-law to death and wounded his mother-in-law in a "frenzied" attack has been jailed for life.

Ismail Thathia, 58, was found dead in Chatsfield, in the Werrington area of Peterborough, in September 2010.

Abbas Burhanpurwala, 32, of Copeswood, Werrington, admitted murdering Mr Thathia and injuring Jaitunbia Thathia, 56.

He was jailed for a minimum of 17 and a half years at Southwark Crown Court.

Prosecutors at a previous hearing at Cambridge Crown Court said it was a "frenzied attack" on Mr Thathia.

They said Mrs Thathia had "got in the way".

Speaking after the hearing, Cambridgeshire Police said they had been called by a neighbour who had seen the injured Mrs Thathia outside the home.

The force control room was called again a short while later by the victim's son who reported his parents had been stabbed by Burhanpurwala.

An officer arriving at the scene was flagged down by Burhanpurwala, who had a blood-stained face and hands, police added.

Mr Thathia was declared dead at the scene and a post-mortem examination concluded he had died from stab wounds to the neck, chest and abdomen.

His widow suffered multiple stab wounds, including one in the neck.

Det Ch Insp Jim McCrorie said: "This was a truly horrific attack on Mr Thathia and his wife, who is still recovering from the effects.

"Mr Thathia was a well-respected figure in the community and this incident has had a devastating effect on his family."

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