Two brothers have been jailed for the unlawful killing of their younger brother, who was stabbed to death in a horrific attack after a family feud.
Thomas Rogers, 26, was a Vauxhall Astra passenger and was stabbed three times through an open window by his 32-year-old brother, David Rogers, in an attack that lasted 30 seconds. Izmir, on August 22 last year.
Emergency services arrived at the scene and found Mr. Rogers collapsed in the street, but was later pronounced dead in hospital from a stab wound to his chest.
The gruesome CCTV footage later showed David Rogers driving towards the vehicle with the knife before he and his fellow brother, Samuel Rogers, escaped.
Today, David Rogers was sentenced to at least 18 years to life after being convicted of murdering Thomas, while Samuel Rogers, 30, was sentenced to nine years for manslaughter.
David Rogers, 32, (left) was sentenced to at least 18 years in prison after being convicted of murder, while Samuel Rogers, 30, (right) was sentenced to nine years in prison for manslaughter.
Thomas Rogers, 26, was a passenger on a Vauxhall Astra when he was stabbed three times in the chest on August 22 last year.
Sentencing Thursday, Judge Melbourne Inman QC told the men: ‘You are brothers and the victim was your younger brother.
‘Thomas was only 26 when he was killed, most of his life was ahead of him.’
The judge, who told Samuel Rogers he must serve two-thirds of his nine-year term before being considered for parole, acknowledged that all three siblings had a difficult childhood.
He also admitted that David Rogers did not intend to kill his brother and that Thomas’s behavior towards their mother contributed to the rift in the family.
But to David and Samuel Rogers, who are now sharing a prison cell, he said: “You were both armed with big knives. It was a determined attack, one that you David had come a long way to commit the day before.’
In a four-week trial, Thomas Rogers, who was assaulted while sitting in the passenger seat of a car on Mill Pool Way near Birmingham’s Bristol Road on August 22 last year, was reportedly stabbed in the heart with a stab wound.
The murder, which took place the day after the windows of Samuel Rogers’s home in Nottinghamshire were smashed, is said to have been motivated by a feud over a number of reasons that led to the victim falling out with several of his relatives.
At the start of the trial, prosecutor Michael Burrows QC told the court: ‘David Rogers told police he was not involved in the murder of his brother – he was elsewhere.
‘It was a lie and I understand now that he’s changed his account and admitted he had a knife and killed his brother illegally but had no intention of killing him or actually causing any serious injury.’
Horrifying CCTV footage showed David Rogers (P1) and Samuel Rogers (P1) getting out of their car before their younger brother was attacked
The trial heard how Thomas Rogers was sitting in the passenger seat of a car when David Rogers (P1) got out of a gray car.
Emergency services arrived at the scene and found Mr. Rogers collapsed in the street, but was later pronounced dead in hospital.
Jurors were told that Samuel Rogers admitted to being armed with a knife in his hand but claimed to have been unaware that his brother had hurt anyone.
Still images from CCTV cameras in a nursing home were shown to the jury, including a Ford Ka blocking the road of the black Vauxhall Astra, in which Thomas Rogers sat.
Jurors also heard that the victim was pronounced dead in the hospital shortly after he was stabbed, and that David Rogers of South Shields, Tyne and Wear was arrested in a wooded area in Haltwhistle, Northumberland.
Samuel Rogers of Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, was arrested early and told police he was in Nottingham.
In a victim effect statement read to Thursday’s hearing, the brothers’ mother, Carole Rogers, said she believes their older son wouldn’t have left Thomas to die if they knew how badly he was injured.
The bereaved mother, who watched the hearings via an online link, said: ‘When my youngest son Thomas died on August 22, 2020, my life changed forever.
‘My heart is broken, I am devastated. I wish I could turn back the clock, but I can’t. In the blink of an eye, I lost all three of my sons. My whole life has been shattered and no one can fix it for me.’