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Life term for man who killed sons

Paul and Jay Ross
The bodies of both boys were found at a beauty spot in the Campsie Fells

A man who stabbed his two sons to death in a car in East Dunbartonshire and attempted to set the vehicle on fire has been jailed for at least 21 years.

Ashok Kalyanjee, 46, was told by judge Lord Brailsford that his was "as grave a crime as could be imagined".

Kalyanjee stabbed six-year-old Paul and two-year-old Jay in Lennoxtown in May, after collecting them from his mother.

At the High Court in Paisley, the judge said Kalyanjee would have been jailed for 28 years if he had not pled guilty.

The tourism student admitted the killings during a previous appearance at the High Court in Glasgow.

The court heard how both boys had been due to attend a family birthday party, but Kalyanjee called their mother Giselle, 41, and asked if he could take them to see their grandmother.

He then left his home in the Townhead area of Glasgow and bought a wok and large chef's knife from an ironmongers.

One of the victims witnessed what happened to his brother, I cannot imagine the suffering that child must have endured
Lord Brailsford

He took the boys to a beauty spot in the Campsie Fells and repeatedly stabbed them.

He then poured petrol over them and the inside of the car and attempted to set the vehicle on fire.

Kalyanjee, who was born in India, was told that due to "the unique and significantly awful" circumstances, he would serve 21 years before being considered for release.

Lord Brailsford told him: "It is clear that this crime was premeditated, planned and organised.

"You used deceit and lies to persuade both the children's mother and the children themselves to go out with you that afternoon.

"You purchased the murder weapon in advance and also acquired petrol in a can, apparently to incinerate both yourself and the victims, at the scene of the crime."

He said his victims were defenceless.


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"One of the victims witnessed what happened to his brother, I cannot imagine the suffering that child must have endured before his own murder," he said.

Sentence had been deferred on various occasions for background reports after concern had been expressed about Kalyanjee's state of mind.

When he appeared for sentencing, his defence counsel Paul McBride said he was "astonished" that his client had not been diagnosed as suffering from any mental disorder.

The court had heard that on the day of the murder, Kalyanjee phoned his ex-wife on his son's mobile phone and told her: "Your babies are fine. Your babies are fine."

Giselle thought his voice was "cold and strange", the court was told.

Kalyanjee then said: "You'll regret everything that you have done to me in life," and hung up the phone.

'Death is near'

His former wife then reported the boys missing and about two hours later a couple contacted police after seeing a man slumped in the driver's seat of his Mercedes at a lay-by.

When police arrived the found the boys' bodies.

A dictaphone found beside the car was played in court and two voices were heard - Kalyanjee and a child.

The recording begins with Kalyanjee saying he was speaking in Punjabi because his children were with him.

"If I spoke English they would understand and today is the last day," he said.

"These children are mine and they'll go with me."

Later on he says: "This death is near. I have become a gambler, a drunk, nothing has become of me."

Kalyanjee showed no emotion as he was led to the cells.

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