Tenant who murdered landlord with frying pan jailed for 21 years
A tenant who killed his landlord with a frying pan this time last year has now been jailed for a minimum of 21 years.
Last month Bulgarian Nikola Zhulev was found guilty of killing his landlord Alan Gardner, after he was found dead at his bungalow in Balbeggie on April 24th last year.
Zhulev, who had a £100-a-day heroin habit, described to the Livingston High Court that Mr Gardner had been “like a father” to him; the man who had given him a home when he was on the streets.
Yesterday, the High Court in Edinburgh heard how Zhulev struck his victim with a frying pan before tying his ankles together, then wrapped Mr Gardner’s remains in a duvet and dug a grave in an attempt to conceal the horrific crime.
His sentence had been deferred until yesterday to give the court time to obtain a report on Zhulev’s character. Zhulev’s defence advocate Mark Stewart QC stated that his client had expressed remorse for his actions to a court appointed social worker. However judge Lady Rae refused to accept that the guilty man’s sorrow was genuine.
Jailing Zhulev for life, Lady Rae said: “I note that you appear to express some remorse to the social worker. However that is based on your wholly false account of what happened and I find it impossible to accept that a man who plans to kill a defenceless, vulnerable man after admittedly stealing from him is truly remorseful for his crime.
“You are clearly a deceitful, calculating and callous individual.
“In respect of charge one, the murder charge, there is only one sentence which I can impose and that is life imprisonment.”
This story is sure to send a shiver down any landlords spine and highlights the real threat that some tenants can pose.
Bringing home the importance of getting to know your tenants before you take them on; e.g. obligatory Tenant History Checks and Comprehensive Credit Checks.
LandlordReferencing.co.uk was born after founder Paul Routledge was stabbed in the head and left for dead by one of his tenants, as he never wanted this to happen to another landlord again. It’s a well know fact that overall drug use is most common in private rented accommodation – specifically in flats and/or maisonettes, which is why at Tenant Referencing UK we are firm believers that as long as landlords and letting agents continue to Network Reference together, and continue to expand the community network, that they will become the gate keepers to all of our communities. This in turn sends a clear message to tenants who think that they can simply do as they wish (dealing and taking drugs/withholding rent/destroying property and upsetting the lives of innocent people) will not be tolerated any more.
Landlords / Letting Agents: Ever had an incident with a volatile tenant?
Tenants: Ever had an incident with a volatile neighbour?
- What is your stance on drug use?