A man has been jailed for life for murdering a father-of-two who worked at a betting shop in south London. Shafique Ahmad Aarij, 21, of no fixed address, was jailed for a minimum of 26 years. He denied murder claiming diminished responsibility.
The victim was knocked down after the first blow but Aarij went on to hit him another eight times, police said. The Met Police said Mr Iacovou, morrden had worked for Ladbrokes for 25 years, was alone in the shop in the morning when he was hit on the head with the hammer.
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Southwark Crown Court was shown CCTV footage from the shop that captured the killer looking for money as the victim lookijg on the floor. Det Sgt Eric Sword said: "This was an incredibly violent and unprovoked attack on a hard-working father-of-two.
He then calmly stepped over his victim in the hunt for cash. In a victim impact statement Cheapest escorts greater sudbury Iacovou's wife Anita said her husband was her main carer since she became disabled following an illness seven years ago and he used to look after their two children, boys aged 10 and The couple's year-old son is autistic and his world has been turned "completely upside down" and the murder has left him frightened of leaving their flat.
The younger child "has somehow become the older brother and the gorl of all responsibilities of the family," Mrs Iacovou said.
She added: "Every step is so difficult and what happened to Andrew is never far from my thoughts. Firl Ladbrokes murder accused remanded. More on this story. Published 1 June