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Honeytrap killers who drugged victim and called two men to kill him are jailed

Saul Murray, 33, died during a botched robbery after he met two women at his flat last February who gave him the sedative GHB.

From left to right: Cleon Brown, Ikem Affia, Surpreet Dhillon, and Temidayo Awe. (Bedfordshire Police)
From left to right: Cleon Brown, Ikem Affia, Surpreet Dhillon, and Temidayo Awe. (Bedfordshire Police)

Four people have been jailed over the death of a man who was drugged and stabbed to death after being lured by a woman who had seen his Rolex watches on Instagram.

Saul Murray, 33, died during a botched robbery after he met two women at his flat last February who gave him the sedative GHB after engaging in sexual activity with him.

He had been targeted by Surpreet Dhillon, 36, and Temidayo Awe, 21, after he had posted pictures of his two watches on social media.

A court heard Dhillon seduced Mr Murray online and then visited him at his flat in Luton with Awe.

Dad-of-six Saul Murray was stabbed to death. (Bedfordshire Police/SWNS)
Dad-of-six Saul Murray was stabbed to death. (Bedfordshire Police/SWNS)

They gave Mr Murray GHB but failed to knock him out, and Ikem Affia, 31, Cleon Brown, 29 then arrived at the home to rob and ultimately kill the dad-of-six.

Mr Murray's body was discovered with stab wounds at his flat on 27 February last year but nothing could be done to save him.

On Friday at Luton Crown Court, Affia, 31, was jailed for life with a minimum of 25 years after being convicted of murder, possession of a bladed article and conspiracy to commit robbery.

Brown, Dhillon and Awe were also handed prison sentences after they were found guilty of manslaughter and conspiracy to commit robbery.

Brown was sentenced to 11 years, Dhillon was sentenced to 10 years and Awe was sentenced to seven years.

Surpreet Dhillon and  Temidayo Awe went to meet Saul Murray at his flat. (Bedfordshire Police / SWNS)
Surpreet Dhillon and Temidayo Awe went to meet Saul Murray at his flat. (Bedfordshire Police / SWNS)

CCTV footage taken outside Mr Murray’s flat on the night of his death showed Dhillon and Awe entering with their victim just before 11.40pm, Bedfordshire Police said.

One of the women propped open the communal door with a broom as the other left shortly before 2.30am.

She returned with the two men, Brown and Affia, and all four left together 20 minutes later, with one of the men seen on the footage clearly carrying a large knife, officers said.

Mr Murray was then seen running towards the door before losing consciousness and collapsing.

Emergency services found him dead just after 5am and a post-mortem examination showed he had died after losing blood from a knife wound.

Mr Murray had posted images of himself wearing two Rolex watches on Instagram. (Bedfordshire Police / SWNS)
Mr Murray had posted images of himself wearing two Rolex watches on Instagram. (Bedfordshire Police / SWNS)

Detectives said they could identify Dhillon and Awe from CCTV while further footage showed a Mercedes Benz acting suspiciously near Mr Murray’s flat which had been hired by Brown.

CCTV from a fast-food restaurant in London showed Brown with a man believed to be Affia wearing a distinctive £1,300 designer coat identical to a garment seen on the footage from Mr Murray’s flat.

Information from the manufacturer revealed that one of these coats had been sold to Affia’s partner.

This, along with data which placed Brown’s hired Mercedes Benz at Affia’s home address before and after Mr Murray’s death, led to Affia’s arrest.

Judge Simon KC told the sentencing hearing it was a senseless conspiracy to rob.

This case is set to be featured in 24 Hours in Police Custody later this month.