Man guilty of manslaughter after killing Harrow-on-the-Hill mechanic over car dispute.
Dwayne King stabbed a mechanic in a dispute over the cost of repairs to a car.
A man who stabbed a Harrow-on-the-Hill mechanic over a car repair dispute has been found guilty of manslaughter and jailed for twelve years.
Dwayne King, 30, of no fixed address killed Granville Thomas, 55, on June 29.
Officers and London Ambulance Service attended the scene and found Thomas, also known as ‘Rat’ or ‘Blacks’, with stab wounds to the chest and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Officers spoke to King who admitted he was the person that called the emergency services.
He also admitted to the stabbing but said he did it after Thomas attacked him with a knife.
Embroiled in a dispute about costs
The court heard that King was working as a mechanic in garages in Ranelagh Road and Granville Thomas undertook car repairs on the roadside.
In April he was asked to repair a Vauxhall Astra, which he took to King’s workplace.
The owner of the vehicle was unhappy with the repairs and King and Thomas became embroiled in a dispute about the cost King was charging Thomas to repair the vehicle at his place of work.
King refused to let Thomas take the vehicle from the garages until he paid the money they agreed.
King was arrested at the scene and later charged with the murder of Granville Thomas.
Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh, Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “Sadly, it would seem that the origins of the dispute that led to Granville Thomas being killed was something as trivial as the repairs of a vehicle.
“Granville Thomas lost his life and now King will send a considerable period of time in custody as a result.
“I hope that today’s verdict brings some degree of comfort to Granville Thomas’ family and friends.”