Enrichment update: An African ‘asylum seeker’ (illegal immigrant) has been handed a ‘life’ sentence of 15 years for stabbing a fellow immigrant to death in Middlesbrough.
If he serves his full term, Dawit Asmelash from Eritrea/Ethiopia (the British authorities don’t seem to know which) will cost British taxpayers roughly £615,000 in prison costs over 15 years.
Why do they call them ‘enrichers’ again?
Dawit Asmelash was told by a judge that the killing was “particularly horrific” because of the ferocity of the attack on his friend Haileeb Tadesse.
Mr Tadesse, 35, was knifed in the back and through the heart at the home the pair shared in Palm Street, Middlesbrough, on April 4 last year.
Asmelash, 31, denied a charge of murder but was found guilty following a two-week trial at Teesside Crown Court which ended on Monday.
He initially denied being at the flat, but then claimed he had acted in self-defence. He also suggested to a witness that Mr Tadesse had committed suicide.
Police today thanked members of the Eritrean and Ethiopian community who helped in the enquiry, and gave evidence during the trial.
Mr Tadesse was found in the lounge of the flat with the blade of a nine-inch knife piercing his heart. The handle of the knife was later found in a nearby yard.