Jail for illegal immigrant who killed man during burglary

11:45 21 May 2013

Ted Syrad had a heart attack and died after being beaten up in his Bexleyheath home. Picture: Metropolitan Police

Ted Syrad had a heart attack and died after being beaten up in his Bexleyheath home. Picture: Metropolitan Police

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An illegal immigrant who killed a retired businessman during a burglary was today jailed for 20 years.

Gezim Delijah beat up Ted Syrad, 64, so he would reveal where the keys to his safe were kept.

After he was punched and kicked, Mr Syrad died from a heart attack before he was found on the kitchen floor of his home in Edendale Road, Bexleyheath, by his wife Anne, 62, who had been tied up and threatened with death.

Delijah, an Albanian national of Walthamstow, and his accomplice escaped with £7,000 after Mrs Syrad gave up the safe keys.

Yesterday Delijah, 40, was found guilty at the Old Bailey of manslaughter and robbery.

Judge Richard Hone said the men had expected “rich pickings” because of inside information that Mrs Syrad had collected rents from the family property business.

Mr Syrad had been in poor health. The judge told Delijah: “Vulnerable he unquestionably was, but unlike you, he was a brave man who put up a fight.

“This is a bad case. People of all ages, but especially older people, are entitled to feel safe in their homes.”

David Jeremy QC, said Mrs Syrad did not see what happened to her husband because she was tied up in the bedroom of the couple’s bungalow home in January last year.

They kept a safe in their garage and were security minded with lights and locks.

But while Mrs Syrad watched Celebrity Big Brother on television, Mr Syrad was downstairs with the back door open because he was smoking.

Mrs Syrad said in a statement that her husband had been “a loving husband, father and grandfather”.

She suffered flashbacks and had been forced to sell her home and possessions as she could not face going back there.

The second burglar, who had an Irish accent and like Delijah was wearing a balaclava, has not been caught.

Det Ch Insp Cliff Lyons said outside court: “This was clearly a sinister, targeted, well-researched attack.

“There is a second man at large and police are still working on this case. We are steadfast in our conviction to find this man.”

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