Father who stabbed his sons to death before trying to set bodies alight is jailed for 21 years

A father who stabbed his two young sons to death before trying to set their bodies alight was today jailed for at least 21 years.

Ashok Kalyanjee, 46, admitted murdering Paul Ross, six, and his brother Jay, two, at an earlier hearing and was sentenced at the High Court in Paisley today.

There were shouts of 'yes' from family members sitting in the court as Lord Brailsford jailed Kalyanjee for life and told him of the minimum period he would serve behind bars.

Ashok Kalyanjee admitted murdering Paul Ross (left), 6, and his brother Jay, 2

Ashok Kalyanjee admitted murdering Paul Ross (left), six, and his brother Jay, two

Sentencing was postponed in December because of a 'deterioration in his mental state'.

Kalyanjee had collected the boys from their mother in Glasgow before driving them to a lay-by in the Campsie Fells near Lennoxtown, East Dunbartonshire, and cutting their throats last May.

The court had heard the boys had been reluctant to go out with their father but he had persuaded them to come with the promise of money to buy toys and a game of football.

'This is as grave a crime as can be imagined,' said the judge, Lord Brailsford.

'It is clear from what I've been told that this crime was premeditated, planned, organised.

'You used deceit and lies to persuade both the children's mother and the children themselves to go out with you that afternoon.

'You purchased the murder weapon in advance and acquired petrol.'

He added: 'The victims were defenceless and no doubt they trusted you and assumed you would take care of them as a father should.

'One of the victims witnessed what happened to his brother. I cannot imagine the suffering he must have endured.'

Kalyanjee had poured petrol over his sons and himself and tried to set his silver Mercedes on fire.

But the vehicle failed to go up in flames and police found Kalyanjee at the wheel with a large black-handled knife and the dead boys in the car.

Kalyanjee, who was divorced from the boys' mother, Giselle Ross, left a suicide message on a dictaphone found near his car.

In it he said in Punjabi: 'These children are mine and they go with me. This death is near.'

Kalyanjee suffered burns and was taken to hospital, remaining in intensive care until June.

Lord Brailsford said he would have ordered Kalyanjee to serve a minimum of 28 years, but reduced it to 21 years because of his early guilty plea.

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